July 16, 1997


Release # 97-159


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Al-Dan Trading Inc. of Miami, Fla., is recalling 747 infant toys. The toy is marketed for use in a crib. The toy presents a risk of strangulation if hung across a crib or playpen. It is not labeled according to the ASTM voluntary standard to warn consumers about the strangulation risk if the toy is attached to a crib or playpen.

CPSC and Al-Dan Trading are not aware of any injuries involving the recalled toys.

However, the Commission is aware of at least three deaths resulting from the use of similar toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent future deaths and injuries.

The recalled toy consists of four plastic balls, measuring 1.5 inches in diameter, along with some plastic animal figures strung on a piece of elastic. The plastic balls and animal figures come in a variety of colors, such as purple, orange, red, blue, green and yellow.

A white plastic hook on each end permits the toy to be attached to a stroller, carriage, swing, or infant seat. The toy makes a rattle sound when shaken. Some of the plastic animals are inconspicuously imprinted with the word "China."

The toys were packaged in a clear plastic bag with a multi-colored cardboard header labeled in part, "7 6964581 715612 BIRTH AND UP Baby Toys ... /!\ WARNING CHOKING HAZARD - SMALL PARTS. NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3 YEARS .... MADE IN CHINA." A picture of a baby in a crib with this toy appears on the header. These toys mainly were sold by Daniel Club Wholesalers and Swamis Trading in Miami, Fla., from to March 1996 to June 1997 for about $1.

Consumers should take the recalled toys away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall can call Al-Dan at (305) 624-6623 or write to the company at 5390 NW 161st Street, Miami, FL. 33014.

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