May 23, 1990Playskool, Inc. Recalls
"Busy Elephant" Crib Toy
Pawtucket, RI (SafetyAlerts) - Playskool, Inc.,
in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today announced a
repair program for the "Busy Elephant" crib toy Model No. 5405. Some of the Busy
Elephants were made in Korea and these have a 5 1/2-inch knit cord which attaches a small
stuffed mouse to the Busy Elephant. Playskool has received ten reports of the Korean-made
knit cord unraveling into a long thin cord and becoming entangled around the body or neck
of a child.
Busy Elephants with "Made in China" on the sewn-in label are not affected.
For Busy Elephants with "Made in Korea" on the white sewn- in label, Playskool
is asking consumers to cut the knit cord at the point where it immediately joins the Busy
Elephant and at the other end where it joins a small stuffed mouse. Return the cord to
Playskool immediately. A free gift will be provided to consumers who return the knit cord
The Busy Elephant is a stuffed elephant approximately 15 inches high with several activity
features, such as a clicker dial on one foot, a mirror on the other, and a mouse in a
stomach pouch. The mouse is attached to the elephant by the knit cord. The product was
distributed nationally through wholesale, retail, variety stores, and chain stores and
sold for approximately $19.00.
The toy was manufactured between 1987 and 1989. A total of 740,000 Busy Elephants were
manufactured, although only 453,000 units made in Korea have the type of knit cord which
has the potential for unraveling.
CPSC learned of the problem with this crib toy from consumer complaints made to the
To help monitor the effectiveness of this repair program, Playskool is offering a gift to
consumers who mail in the knit cord. For details of this offer, or if consumers have any
questions, call 1-800-237-0063.
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