FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2003
PRODUCT: Activity Toys In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Racing Champions Ertl/Learning Curve Int'l., Inc. (RCE/LCI), of Chicago, IL is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,800 children's activity toys. There are two types of activity toys involved in this recall. One toy is a flower shaped toy intended to attach to a stroller, with a green painted metal wire on which plastic beads slide along. The item is the Lamaze Flower Stroller Wrap (SKU #97222). The other toy is a floor-based toy with a foam stuffed base, a blue painted metal wire on which plastic beads and stuffed animal heads slide along. This item is the Lamaze Soft Bead Buddies (SKU #97325). Each item has a sewn-in label with the Lamaze logo on the front. These toys were sold in March 2003 through specialty and toy stores nationwide for around $19.99.
PROBLEM: The paint on the metal wires of these toys contains excess levels of lead. Lead poisoning is a serious hazard to children and is associated with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: RCE/LCI has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately take these toys away from infants and young children. Consumers should contact RCE/LCI for return and replacement instructions at (800) 704-8697 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday or visit the company's web site at www.learningcurve.com.
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