IKEA Contact: Gregg Mowins 

June 12, 1997

 (601) 834-0180

Release # 97-141

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), IKEA of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is recalling about 8,000 stuffed animals. The stuffed animals' eyes can become detached, presenting a choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and IKEA are not aware of any injuries involving these stuffed animals. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

There are 12 types of stuffed animals involved in this recall: a large penguin (model no. 97210280), a moose (model no. 27217770), a bear (model no. 97192870), a dolphin neckpillow and a bear neckpillow (both with model no. 29311596), a large cat (model no. 37211230), a small cat (model no. 17211330), and a dog, a monkey, a cow, a small penguin, and a hippopotamus (all with model no. 27204796). The stuffed animals have sewn-on tags that display the model number and are also labeled in part, "IKEA...Made in India."

IKEA stores nationwide sold the stuffed animals from January 1997 through May 1997 for between $3 and $15.

Consumers should take these stuffed animals away from young children immediately and return them to the nearest IKEA store for a full refund or exchange for another soft toy. For more information about this recall, consumers should call IKEA at (800) 455-IKEA between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Sunday.