|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2001
Release # 01-205
|Stuffed Bear Recall Hotline: (800) 279-4040
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
CPSC, Inca Imports Announce Recall of Stuffed Bears
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Inca Imports, of Denver, Colo., is voluntarily recalling about 2,600 stuffed bears. The noses, bells, and eyes of the bears can detach, presenting a choking hazard to young children. The eyes also present a sharp point hazard.
CPSC and Inca Imports have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled bears come in three sizes: small (8 1/2"), medium (12") and large (17"). The recalled bears have plastic eyes and noses, and red ribbon bows with bells. They are made of alpaca fur. The bears have a small sticker on the back side of the ribbon which reads in part, "Made in Peru."
Stores in tourist areas throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas sold the bears from July 1997 through February 2001 for between $20 to $50.
Consumers should take these stuffed bears away from young children immediately and return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can call Inca Imports toll-free at (800) 279-4040 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or write to Don Donahue, Inca Imports 451 E. 58th Ave, P.O. Box 132, Denver, CO 80216.
The U.S. Customs Service in Denver, Colo., notified CPSC of these stuffed bears during import screening at the port.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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