May 30, 1991


Release # 91-079


TDT Toy Company Recalls Plastic Telephones Because Of Potential Choking Hazards

WASHINGTON, DC -- TDT Toy Company of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling its toy Bear Ringing Phone #821, Clown Ringing Phone #824, and Panda Ringing Phone #825 because these toys may pose a fatal choking hazard for young children due to small parts. The plastic toy telephones, sold nationwide prior to August 1990, failed use and abuse testing conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Approximately 2,454 affected Bear, Clown, and Panda telephones were sold. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the CPSC.

The battery operated toy phones consist of a colorful bear, clown, or panda shaped plastic figure in which a square telephone-like push button pad is mounted. Each figure has its right hand and arm extended to hold a bright red handset which is connected by a plastic cord to the base of the toy. The head of the figure moves up and down and the eyes light up when the buttons are pushed and a ringing sound is generated. Each of the figures has a bow tie as part of the head/neck design.

These telephones were imported from Taiwan and distributed by TDT. The phones sold for under $7.00 each.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving these toy phones. 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 the TDT Toy Company at (213) 687-3547 or write TDT Toy Company, 310 Boyd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

The potentially hazardous toys were identified during an inspection of the firm conducted as a result of previous violations.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.