|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 704-8697
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
RC2 Recalls Toy Keys 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: Toy Keys
Units: About 275,000
Importer/Distributor: RC2 Brands Inc., of Oak Brook, Ill. The recalled products are marketed under RC2's Learning Curve and The First Years brands.
Hazard: The colored top portion of the keys can crack, resulting in the release of small parts, which poses a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: RC2 has received four reports of cracking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: "Shake 'n Jingle Keys," "Shake & Jingle Keys," "My Jingle Keys" all by The First Years and the John Deere "Real Keys" are toy keys, with three colored keys attached to a blue, red or green remote control with electronic features. Various colored buttons on the remote activate sounds. Only toy keys with the letter "F" in the date code stamp on the packaging and product are involved in the recall. The date code can be found on the back of the remote control. Toy keys with "TE" in the date code or yellow sides on the remote are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Department stores and independent toy stores nationwide from August 2005 through October 2006 for about $6.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled toy keys immediately and contact RC2 for a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact RC2 at (800) 704-8697 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the Learning Curve's Web site at www.learningcurve.com
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