FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2003
PRODUCT: Toy Chests - Raymond Oak Inc., of Fountain Valley, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 200 toy chests. The toy chests are wooden and were manufactured with a natural birch or oak finish. The chests measure 36-inches in length, 20-inches in width and 21-inches in height. A sticker on the toy chests reads "MADE IN CHINA" and "SC51CT-MP." Furniture stores nationwide sold the recalled toy chests from May 2000 through January 2002 for about $99.
PROBLEM: The toy chest's lid support hinges can fail, allowing the lid to fall onto a child's head, neck, fingers or hands. In addition, spaces at the end of the hinge on the lid can cause pinch, crush or laceration injuries to children's fingers.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: CPSC and Raymond Oak Inc. have received one report of a 7-year-old girl whose finger was bruised after the toy chest lid slammed down on her left index finger.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop children from using the recalled toy chests immediately and contact the firm to receive a $79 refund. Consumers can contact Raymond Oak Inc. at (866) 614-1281 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Raymond Oak Inc. has contacted all known purchasers by phone or mail. All but 20 of the toy chests have been returned.
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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