CONTACT Wendy's: Denny Lynch

(614) 764-3413

March 10, 1997


Release # 97-082

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Determined Productions Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 800,000 Felix the Cat roller fun balls distributed with kids' meals at Wendy's restaurants. The glued seam holding both halves of the ball may separate releasing small plastic fish from inside the ball. The small fish present a potential choking hazard to young children.

Wendy's has received two reports of the glued halves of the ball separating and one child starting to choke on the small fish inside. No injuries have been reported.

The Felix the Cat roller fun ball is a clear plastic ball containing a plastic figure of Felix the Cat and four small, plastic fish. The fish are colored red, yellow, purple, and green. The plastic ball is 2 1/2 inches in diameter and the fish measure 5/8 inch long by 1/4 inch wide. The balls were packaged in a plastic bag labeled in part, "FELIX THE CAT...ROLLER FUN BALL...WENDY'S KIDS' MEAL."

The balls were distributed with kids' meals at Wendy's restaurants nationwide from February 10 through March 4, 1997.

Consumers should immediately take these balls away from young children and return them to their local Wendy's restaurant for a free replacement toy. For more information, consumers should call Wendy's International Inc. at (800) 443-7266.

No other Felix the Cat toys distributed with Wendy's kids' meals are included in this recall.