August 12, 1991


Release # 91-112


Washington, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Esco Imports of Texas, Inc., San Antonio, TX 78210 is voluntarily recalling approximately 600,000 toy nursing bottles, model number 3/211. The product was collected by U.S. Customs Service in San Antonio, TX and tested by CPSC. When CPSC tested the toy nursing bottles in accordance with regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the nipples separated and are small parts that pose a potential choking hazard for young children.

The nursing bottles are labeled "Polythene Nursing Bottle ...Esco...3/211...Made in China." Some of the bottles are marked "Bottle Baby." The bottles are three inches in length with rubber nipples. The caps are either blue or pink.

Each package contains two toy nursing bottles and retailed from 29 cents to 59 cents. The nursing bottles were sold in variety, toy, grocery and discount stores from May 1982 to January 1991. The stores were located in the following states: Indiana, Ohio, New York, Texas, Utah, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa and Mississippi.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving these toy bottles.

Consumers are urged to take the toy bottles away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund of the purchase price. For more information about this recall, consumers may call the firm at 1-800-445-3836.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to help reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths that occur each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products within CPSC's jurisdiction.