Company Phone Number: (800) 648-5550

July 15, 1999

Reebok Contact: Dave Fogelson (781) 401-7792

Release # 99-142

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Reebok International Ltd., of Stoughton, Mass., is recalling about 140,000 children's side zip sneakers. The sneaker's side pocket has a pull tab on the zipper that can be twisted off, presenting a choking and ingestion hazard to children.

CPSC and Reebok are not aware of any injuries from these sneakers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The sneakers being recalled are the Reebok Classic Leather Zip, sold in toddler and child sizes up to size 9. Each sneaker has a small zippered pocket on the side. The zipper's pull tab is imprinted with the Reebok name and logo. When unzipped, the Reebok name and logo appear. "Reebok Classic" is on the front of the sneaker's tongue. The sneakers are made in Indonesia and China. The sneakers come in the following colors and styles. The style number is on the back of the sneaker's tongue, just below the "RA" number.

Toddler sizesChild sizes
Style numberColorStyle numberColor


Family shoe, children's shoe, athletic and sporting goods stores nationwide sold the sneakers from September 1998 through June 1999 for about $32 to $40.

Consumers should take the sneakers away from their children immediately and return the sneakers to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Reebok at (800) 648-5550 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or visit their web site at

Picture of Children's Side Zip Sneakers