The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that its staff has made a preliminary determination that four squeeze toys distributed by Danara International, Ltd., of South Hackensack, New Jersey, may cause choking and/or suffocation because the handles are small enough to lodge in the throat and obstruct the airway. Although these particular squeeze toys have not been involved in any choking incidents known to CPSC, similar shaped squeeze toys have been involved in choking deaths.
All four squeeze toys have bulbous shaped ends measuring 3/4" to 1 1/2" in diameter. These toys are described as follows:
- Mickey Mouse head on a yellow handle, 5 1/2" long.
- Mickey Mouse head on a yellow handle, 7" long.
- Donald Duck head on a blue handle, 6 1/2" long.
- Yellow mallet with Mickey Mouse face and "MICKEY" embossed on handle, 7 1/4" long with a bulbous end.
These toys are made of soft, easily compressed plastic material and are packaged and sold under the brand name "SAFE-GUARD" and labeled "WALT DISNEY CHARACTER Squeek-a-Toy". The Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck toys are labeled "No. 5523". The mallet is labeled "No. 5503". Stamped below the back of the neck of the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck toys is "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS DANARA INTERNATIONAL LTD MADE IN TAIWAN". Stamped around the squeaker of the mallet is "WALT DISNEY PROD MADE IN TAIWAN DANARA INTERNATIONAL".
It is recommended that consumers remove these toys from use immediately and discard them.
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