December 18, 1995


Release # 96-044

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and The Gymboree Corporation, of Burlingame, Calif., today announced the voluntary recall of 2,800 "GymRattle" infant rattles sold after July 26, 1995. These GymRattles could come apart during use, releasing a small rattle bell and small wooden pieces that present a choking hazard to young children.

The wooden rattle, measuring 4.5 inches long, has a multi-colored, cylinder-shaped cage with a small silver bell inside and a circular wooden handle. The rattles' hang tag reads in part, "GYMBOREE ... GymRattle ... Crafted in solid maple wood ... Recommended for ages to 3 to 18 months..." Gymboree stores sold the recalled rattles nationwide from July 26,1995 through November 1995 for approximately $8. GymRattles sold before July 26, 1995 are not part of this recall.

Consumers should take the recalled GymRattles away from children immediately and return them to the Gymboree store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should contact Gymboree at (800) 222-7758.

Gymboree has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving GymRattles. Gymboree is conducting this recall program voluntarily to prevent the possibility of injury, as part of Gymboree's commitment to customer safety.

The Gymboree Corporation is conducting this recall through its subsidiaries, The Gymboree Stores, Inc. and Gymboree Retail Stores, Inc.