November 21, 1989
Oriental Trading Company "Dress Up Clown" Dolls Recalled
Omaha, NE (SafetyAlerts) - Brightly colored toy
clown dolls, marketed as the "Dress Up Clown," are being recalled by Oriental
Trading Company, Inc. because they contain small parts that present a choking risk to
young children. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission.
The clown dolls, although marketed as the "Dress Up Clown," came in a package
labeled "Funny Clown." They were sold by mail order catalogue and by retailers
nationwide for $3.00 each between December 1988 and the present. Clothed primarily in red,
blue and yellow, this doll has yellow string hair, a clown's cap and is about 13 inches
long. It also has a snap, a button, a zipper, a buckle and shoe laces intended to
introduce young children to various dressing functions. The clown doll may be identified
by a cloth tag sewn onto the doll's cap that says: "Oriental Trading Co., Inc."
When the Commission tested the clown dolls in accordance with the regulations under the
Federal Hazardous Substances Act, zipper clasps, buttons and buckles came off the dolls.
The Commission alleges that these small parts make the dolls banned hazardous substances
because they present a choking, ingestion and aspiration hazard to children.
Consumers owning the Funny Clown dress up dolls should return the dolls to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the doll from Oriental by direct mail
catalogue may arrange for a refund by phoning the company at its toll-free number,
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