October 8, 1999

Release # 00-002

Company Phone Number: (877) 206-4889 

Gateway Inc. Contact: John W. Spelich, (858) 799-2657

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gateway Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1 million foam rubber toy cows. Small pieces of these foam rubber cows can tear away, posing a serious choking hazard to young children.

Gateway has received three reports, by consumers in the U.S., of small pieces of these cows tearing away. There have been no reports of any injuries.

These cows are white with black spots. They are about 4.5 inches long and 3 inches high. "Gateway" is written in green on the cows' backs.

Gateway stores distributed the cows from September 1997 through September 1999 as a give-away with a computer purchase. A small number were sold separately for about $4.

Consumers should either throw these cows away immediately or take them to any Gateway Country store location for exchange for another Gateway-brand item of comparable value. For more information, call Gateway toll-free at (877) 206-4889 anytime or go to the recall web site at

Picture of Gateway Toy Cow