March 26, 1990


Release # 90-056


WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), International Marketing Source, Inc., Franklin Park, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling 600 alphabet block sets because the set's frame may separate and result in small parts that could present a fatal choking hazard to young children.

The wood toy from China was distributed primarily in the midwestern states during 1989 for about $5.00 each.

The product consists of 30 blocks in rows of six with painted pictures, letters, and numbers on each side mounted on a frame with dowels. Plastic ring/washers separate each block. Red letters on the top of the frame read "Learn The Alphabet".

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Consumers are urged to take these toys away from young children and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact International Marketing Source, Inc. at (708) 678-8100.

The potentially hazardous toys were identified during a joint surveillance program conducted between the U.S. Customs Service and CPSC at the Port of Chicago.