Company Phone Number: (204) 988-5600

October 11, 2001

Company Media Contact: Mary Ann Stewart, (204) 988-3398

Release # 02-014

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Palliser Furniture Ltd., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 4,500 toy boxes. The toy box's lid can fall suddenly, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to young children. In addition, spaces at the end of the hinge on the lid can cause pinched, crushed and lacerated fingers.

The toy chest voluntary standard requires toy boxes or chests with hinged lids to have lid supports that keep the lid from falling suddenly onto the head of a child, preventing an entrapment and strangulation hazard. The hinges also must minimize any spaces that could allow a child's finger to be pinched, crushed or lacerated.

CPSC and Palliser Furniture Ltd. have not received any reports of injuries or incidents involving these toy boxes. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

All the toy boxes have a manufacturer's label inside or on the back with "Palliser" and the model number written on it. The model numbers are: 580-283, 581-283, 582-283, 583-283, 584-283, 589-283 and 598-283. The toy boxes measure about 36-inches long by 19-inches wide and 21-inches high. They have the following finishes: white with small color inserts in the knobs or with large color inserts on the front panel; natural maple or natural maple with white, denim or green front panels; and natural cherry.

Furniture stores nationwide and in Canada sold these toy boxes from July 1999 through August 2001 for about $150 (about $200 CAD). Consumers should stop children from using these toy boxes immediately, and contact Palliser for a free replacement toy box or a $50 refund. For more information, consumers should call Palliser at (204) 988-5600 anytime or visit Palliser's recall web site at

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