|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2002
Release # 02-103
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 493-0009
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
Random House Contact: Judith Haut (212) 782-8626
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Random House Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 39,000 copies of Monsters In The Closet children's board books. The snap that secures the book could detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
CPSC and Random House have not received any reports of injuries involving this book. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The board books are constructed of heavy cardboard with Monsters Inc. cartoon characters on each page. The title "MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET" is printed with orange letters highlighted in yellow on the front cover of the books. The books have a hole at the top of the back cover to allow them to hang on a door knob. The books have been printed in English and Spanish languages. "Made in China" is printed on the back of the book.
Book, specialty stores and online retailers sold these books nationwide from October 2001 through January 2002 for about $8.
Consumers should cut off the snap from these books immediately and mail the snap to: Tri-State, c/o Marie Corsello, 325 Rabro Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788 to receive a free replacement book valued at about $9. For additional information, contact Random House at (800) 493-0009 \ between 9 a.m and 5 p.m.ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.randomhouse.com (note - recall is no longer on firm's web site).
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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Spanish: (301) 504-7800