July 31, 2003
Release # 03-165
Company Phone Number: (800) 445-8347


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Earlyears Bobbie Bear Stacking Rings

Units: About 5,000

Manufacturer: International Playthings Inc., of Parsippany, N.J.

Hazard: Plastic knobs on the rings can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of small parts detaching from the rings, though no injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled Bobbie Bear Stacking Rings have a blue and orange rounded bottom, two multicolored stacking rings, and an orange plastic bear head topper. The toy can be spun like a top and makes a rattling sound when shaken. The toy is designed for children ages 6-24 months and has a model number of E00421, which can be found on the packaging.

Sold at: Specialty toy stores nationwide sold these toys from April 2002 through March 2003 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact the company for instructions on how to return the toy to receive a free replacement item of similar value.

Consumer Contact: Call International Playthings at (800) 445-8347 anytime or log on to the company's Website at

Media Contact: Sue Tice at (973) 316-2500, Ext. 232 or

Picture of Recalled Stacking Rings