March 8, 1999


Release # 99-074

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Chariot Victor Publishing, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is recalling about 44,000 VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle playsets. Six of the character figurines have plastic plugs in their base that can come out, presenting a small parts choking hazard for young children. The French Peas figurine also poses a choking hazard because of its size and shape.

CPSC and Chariot Victor Publishing are aware of one report of a 2-year-old child found with a plug from the playset in his mouth. No injuries have been reported. VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle playsets contain 10 figurines based on the "Dave and The Giant Pickle!" video. They include asparagus, peas, a grape, gourds and a pickle. The set also includes two sheep and tents. The figurines were sold in a mostly blue box showing scenes from the animated video. The product number SPCN 9834501358 is under the UPC code on the back of the box.

Major Christian bookstores and catalog companies sold these playsets nationwide from September 1998 through February 1999 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately take the figurines with plugs in their base and the French Peas figurine away from children. The firm is out of business. Consumers with these products should immediately discard or destroy them.

Veggie Tales Play Set