FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2001
PRODUCT: Children's Toy Telephone - Discovery Toys Inc. of Livermore, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 57,000 Hello Baby toy phones, model #1077. The battery-operated, multicolored toy flip phone is red, blue and yellow with green, blue, yellow and orange dial buttons. Each button has its own sound: a ring, a beeping dialing tune, a busy signal and a "hello." The toy phone has a blue hard-plastic antenna with a ball-shaped tip that makes a clickity-clack sound. The toy phones were sold nationwide through Discovery Toys sales network. They were sold in the U.S. and Canada from May 1999 through November 2000 for about $10 and have since been discontinued.
PROBLEM: The blue, hard plastic antenna ball can break off of the toy phone, posing a choking hazard to young children.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Discovery Toys received eight reports of the antenna ball breaking off of the toy phones. No injuries have been reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the toy phone immediately and call Discovery Toys at 800-341-TOYS (1-800-341-8697) Monday through Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM (PT) for a free repair kit. Consumers also can request a free repair kit by sending an email to email@example.com.
Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
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