|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 654-0697
Payless ShoeSource Expands Recall of Children's Clog Shoes Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Toddler Clog Shoes
Units: About 270,000 (This recall was first announced in June 2007)
Manufacturer: Payless ShoeSource, Inc., of Topeka, Kan.
Hazard: Plastic rivets used to attach the strap to the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: No injuries or incidents have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the following character-themed clog styles: Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, Hello Kitty, Coasters® Lighted Car Compel, and Cambridge Mary-Jane. The shoes were sold in toddler sizes 5 through 10. The flexible shoes have air ventilation holes on the top and/or side, and plastic rivets attached to the strap. Shoe sizes are printed on the sole of the shoe. No other sizes, styles or models are included in the recall.
Sold at: Payless ShoeSource stores nationwide and Payless.com from January 2006 through June 2007 for between $15 and $20.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take the shoes away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Payless at (800) 654-0697 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at www.payless.com
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