July 31, 1990JSNY Recalls "Funny
New York, NY (SafetyAlerts) - Brightly colored toy
clown dolls, marketed as the "Funny Clown" or "Dress-Me Clown," are
the subject of a safety warning/recall program by JSNY because they contain small parts
that present a choking risk to children under the age of three. The refund program is
being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Over 250,000 clown dolls were sold by mail order catalogue and by retailers nationwide
from 1986 to 1989 at a cost of about $5.00. 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, button, zipper, buckle and shoe laces intended to introduce children to various
dressing functions. The doll may be identified by a cloth tag sewn onto the doll's cap
that say: "JSNY."
While the dolls were advertised and age labelled for children over age three, they may be
used by children under three. The Commission has tested the dolls and found that the
button, buckle and zipper are small parts that present a choking, ingestion, and
aspiration hazard to children under three. To date, no injuries have been reported.
Consumers owning a JSNY Funny Clown dress up doll which is being used by a child under age
three should immediately take it away from the child and may arrange for a refund by
phoning the company at its toll-free number, 1-800-841-1007, or its office number,
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