NOVEMBER 18, 1991


Release # 92-021

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Claire's Boutiques, Inc., of Wood Dale, IL is voluntarily recalling 5,943 units of two latex pacifiers sold with a beaded or chain necklace attached to the handle of the pacifiers.

Pacifiers hung around children's necks have become entangled on projections, such as crib or playpen cornerposts, causing strangulation. Pacifiers sold in this manner are in violation of the Requirements for Pacifiers administered by the CPSC. These requirements state that no pacifier shall be sold or distributed with ribbon, string, cord, chain, twine, leather, yarn or similar attachments. Further, each pacifier shall be labeled, "Warning-Do Not Tie Pacifier Around Child's Neck as it Presents a Strangulation Danger."

The pacifiers are clear or amber colored and were sold without any packaging.

Claire's Boutiques sold the pacifiers nationwide beginning in January 1991 for $4.00 each.

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.

An alert consumer reported the violative pacifiers to CPSC. Consumers are urged to immediately remove the chains from the pacifiers. Consumers can return the chains to the store where purchased for a full refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact Claire's Boutiques, Inc. on (708) 860-5400.

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 reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths that are associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.