|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 30, 1991
|Release # 91-079a
TDT Toy Company Recalls
Plastic Telephones Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, DC -- TDT Toy Company of Los Angeles,
CA is voluntarily recalling its toy Bear Ringing Phone #821, Clown Ringing Phone #824, and
Panda Ringing Phone #825 because these toys may pose a fatal choking hazard for young
children due to small parts. The plastic toy telephones, sold nationwide prior to August
1990, failed use and abuse testing conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC). Approximately 2,454 affected Bear, Clown, and Panda telephones were
sold. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the CPSC.
The battery operated toy phones consist of a colorful bear, clown, or panda shaped plastic
figure in which a square telephone-like push button pad is mounted. Each figure has its
right hand and arm extended to hold a bright red handset which is connected by a plastic
cord to the base of the toy. The head of the figure moves up and down and the eyes light
up when the buttons are pushed and a ringing sound is generated. Each of the figures has a
bow tie as part of the head/neck design.
These telephones were imported from Taiwan and distributed by TDT. The phones sold for
under $7.00 each.
Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving these toy phones. This
voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
Consumers are urged to take these toys away from young children and return them to the
store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about
this recall may contact the TDT Toy Company at (213) 687-3547 or write TDT Toy Company,
310 Boyd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
The potentially hazardous toys were identified during an inspection of the firm conducted
as a result of previous violations.
The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death
associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer
product safety. Some 15,000 different types of products fall within the Commission's
jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries
and 22,000 deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
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