July 11, 1990


Release # 90-128


WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LEWCO Corp., New York, NY, has announced a replacement program for the Oscar the Grouch Cymbals contained in its Model #3553, Sesame Street Rhythm Band Set.

When tested in accordance with the CPSC's Small Parts Requirements, the Oscar the Grouch "heads" detached from the cymbals and could present a choking hazard to young children.

LEWCO Corp. is offering to replace the cymbals with new cymbals that have been redesigned to eliminate the small parts hazard.

Approximately 9,200 units were sold nationwide from January 1, 1989 to April 16, 1990 for approximately $20.00 each. The toys were imported from China.

The set consists of a Sesame Street marching drum and drum sticks, Bert & Ernie maracas, Little Bird slide whistle, Cookie Monster tambourine and Oscar the Grouch cymbals. Embossed on the inside of the drum and tambourine are the words "Blue Box Toys, Made in China, Muppets, Inc." Embossed on the handles of the maracas are the words "Made in China, Muppets, Inc." The cymbals are the only part of this musical instrument set subject to this replacement program.

Consumers are urged to discard the original cymbals immediately.

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

Consumers who desire a cymbal replacement set should contact LEWCO Corp. at:

1107 Broadway - Suite 905
New York, New York 10010