|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2002
Release # 02-212
|Lauri's Recall Hotline: (800) 451-0520
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lauri® Inc. of Phillips-Avon, Maine, is voluntarily recalling about 110,000 "Toddler Tote" toddler activity sets and about 11,000 "Familiar Things" toddler puzzles. The dog puzzle included with both of these products and the rubber handle on the box of the activity set can tear apart into small pieces and pose a choking hazard to small children.
CPSC and Lauri Inc. have not received any reports of incidents or injuries with these puzzles or handles. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The "Toddler Tote" travel activity sets have three animal puzzles, seven stacker pegs of various colors, a geometric shapes puzzle and four basic shape mini-puzzles. All the contents are packaged in a blue box with a rubber handle that acts as a carrying tote. The 9-inch square box has "Lauri" and "LR-2116" written on it.
The puzzle set is called "Familiar Things." It is a boxed set of 12 two-piece puzzles. The puzzles include cut-outs of fish, planes, boats and cars. The purple box has "First Puzzles for Little Ones" and "LR-2113" written on it.
Specialty toy stores, web retailers and school supply catalogs sold the recalled puzzle and activity sets from January 1999 to July 2002. Toddler Totes were sold for about $15 and Familiar Things were sold for about $20.
Consumers should take these toys away from children immediately and call Lauri for free replacement pieces. For more information, contact Lauri toll-free at (800) 451-0520 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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