August 4, 2003

Alert #03-550


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Happyvillagers Toy Sets

Units: 3,250 sets (12 villagers per set)

Manufacturer: HearthSong, of Madison, Va.

Hazard: The head can detach from the body of the villagers, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Happyvillagers are made with birchwood and painted with various villager images. The sets were sold separately with 12 villagers per set and as a part of the Happyville Special set that included a set of 35 Happyville Blocks. Only the Happyvillagers are included in the recall.

Sold At: HearthSong sold the Happyvillagers Toy Sets through their catalog and Web site from Sept. 30, 2002 through March 11, 2003 for about $15.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the Happyvillagers away from young children immediately and return to HearthSong for a full refund including the cost of postage. Send the Happyvillagers to HearthSong, Attn: Returns, 3700 Wyse Road, Dayton, OH 45414-2541.

Consumer Contact: Call toll-free at (888) 623-6557 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Ms. Linda DeRose-Droubay at (540) 948-7353

Picture of recalled Toy Sets