May 5, 1999
Release # 99-107a

Company Phone Number: (888) 969-5437
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058


PRODUCT: Miffy Wooden Shape Sorter - Zany Brainy Inc., of Wynnewood, Pa., is recalling about 220 Miffy Wooden Shape Sorters. These children's toys look like small wooden houses with different shapes cut into their orange roofs. Various shaped and colored blocks can be inserted in the roofs of the sorters. The sorters measures about 7.25 inches long by 5.75 inches wide by 5.5 inches high. Animals, including rabbits, chickens and lambs, are painted on the sides of the toys. Zany Brainy stores nationwide sold the sorters from October 1998 through March 1999 for about $18.

Miffy Wooden Shape Sorter

PROBLEM: Wooden pegs from the shape sorters can break off, presenting a small parts choking hazard to children.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Zany Brainy is aware of one incident where a peg broke off one of these sorters. There have been no reports of injuries.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately take the shape sorters away from children, and return them to any Zany Brainy store for a refund. For additional information, call Zany Brainy at (888) 969-5437 anytime, or go to their website at