December 22, 1995


Release # 96-055

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Little Tikes Company of Hudson, Ohio, is recalling approximately 160,000 Toddle Tots Dinosaur Mountain playsets. Small plastic cups that hold palm trees may detach, posing a choking risk to young children.

CPSC is aware of 12 incidents in which the cups detached. In eight cases, parents found the cups in a child's mouth. Parents found two of the children choking but were able to remove the piece. Aside from a cut finger, no other injuries have been reported.

The beige plastic playsets, measuring 23 inches long, 17 inches wide and 16 inches high, resemble a rocky cave. Three palm trees, held in place by small plastic cups, surround the cave. A red footbridge extends out of the front of the cave, over a blue moat. The playset was packaged with a caveman, cavewoman, pink baby dinosaur, red Tyrannosaurus, blue Brontosaurus and an orange Stegosaurus. The cavepeople fit in the back of the blue dinosaur and in a log-shaped car, also included with the set.

Toy stores and other retail stores sold the playsets nationwide between June 1994 and December 1995 for approximately $30 to $40.

Consumers should not allow children to play with the playset and should call Little Tikes at (800) 321-0183 to exchange the product. The company will pay for shipping charges associated with the exchange. Consumers also may write to The Little Tikes Company at 2180 Barlow Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236.