March 22, 2000
Release # 00-082
Russ Berrie Recall Line: (800) 272-7877
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063

CPSC, Russ Berrie & Co. Inc. Announce Recall of Rattles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Russ Berrie & Co. Inc., of Oakland, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 13,400 rattles. The shape and size of the rattle's handle allow it to become lodged in the throats of babies, posing a choking hazard. The rattles violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for the design and construction of baby rattles.

CPSC and Russ Berrie are not aware of any incidents or injuries involving these rattles. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The Precious KeepsakesTM silver-plated "New Baby" rattle is 6 inches long and consists of a spinning ball on top of an ornate handle, which includes a small bear and a bow. The rattle was sold as item number 10399. The item number appears on the product packaging. A silver tag attached to the rattle with a ribbon reads "NEW BABY."

Specialty and drug stores, and flower and gift shops nationwide sold these rattles from November 1998 through December 1999 for about $14.

Consumers should take these rattles away from babies immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, contact Russ Berrie & Co. at (800) 272-7877 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or write to Russ Berrie & Co. Inc., Attn: Customer Service Dept., 111 Bauer Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436.

Precious Keepsakes Rattle