August 10, 2000

Release # 00-162

KFC Recall Hotline: (800) CALL-KFC
KFC Contact: Michael Tierney, (502) 874-8100


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), KFC Corporation, of Louisville, Ky., is voluntarily recalling about 425,000 Tangled Treeples toys included with KFC Kids Meals. The toy is a green plastic container with small, blue plastic animal figures inside. The bottom of the container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, which could pose a suffocation hazard to children under three years of age.

A 19-month-old girl reportedly had the Tangled Treeples container stuck over her face, causing her distress. When her mother removed the container, there was a red mark left on the child's face.

The Tangled Treeples toy's green, plastic container, which measures about 3 inches in diameter and 1.25 inches deep, has trees molded on the outside. Inside are seven "Tangled Treeples" animal figures, including a monkey, owl, snake, raccoon and bear. Children can empty the animals out of the container and link them to form a chain. Writing on the outside of the container reads, "TreeplesTM" and "Made in China."

KFC restaurants nationwide included the Tangled Treeples toys with KFC Kids Meals from June 2000 through July 2000.

Consumers should immediately take the green plastic container away from children under the age of three. They should discard the container or return it to any KFC restaurant for an individual-sized side item, such as macaroni and cheese. For more information, consumers can call KFC at (800) CALL-KFC anytime or visit the KFC web site at

Tangled Treeples  Toys