November 13, 1996


Release # 97-021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Dolgencorp Inc. of Scottsville, Ky., is recalling 73,300 "Kid's Phone Beeper Combo" toys. The toy's telephone antenna and pieces of plastic from around the base of the antenna can break off, presenting a choking hazard to children under age 3.

CPSC and Dolgencorp Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these toy telephones. The recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The toy (item number 63305/7-S) consists of a plastic cellular telephone and a beeper packaged together. The telephone, measuring 6 inches high by 2.5 inches wide, is made of yellow and white plastic with a red colored plastic flip-down bottom and blue trim. The beeper, made of white plastic with yellow, red, and blue trim, measures 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches. Push buttons on both cause flashing lights, making either telephone or beeper sounds.

The toy telephone and beeper are packaged together in a cardboard box labeled in part, "KID'S PHONE BEEPER COMBO...ITEM NO. 63305/7-S." Dolgencorp distributed the toys in Dollar General stores in the central part of the country from mid-August to mid-September 1996 for $5 retail.
Kid's Phone Beeper Combo

Consumers should take the toy telephones away from young children immediately and discard or destroy them, or if possible, return them to their nearest Dollar General store for a full refund. However, the firm, Dolgencorp Inc., is out of business and cannot be contacted.

CPSC learned of this problem during joint surveillance with the U.S. Customs Service.