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June 18, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-083

Remco Baby Inc. Recalls Roll Back Wheel Toy

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Remco Baby, Inc., New York, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 118,240 "Roll Back Wheel" toys, model number B356. When CPSC tested the toy in accordance with regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, small chips separated from the spokes of the toys creating small parts which pose a potential aspiration hazard for young children.

The "Roll Back Wheel" is a ferris wheel with Muppet Babies' Kermit the Frog suspended in the middle. The wheel consists of two blue hard plastic spoked wheels that are approximately eight inches round. Upon rolling the wheel forward, it makes a rattle sound and automatically rolls backward. A label printed on the back of Kermit's head reads "ha! 1989, REMCO BABY INC., N.Y., MADE IN CHINA."

The toy, imported by Remco Baby, Inc., was sold nationwide from January 1989 through December 1990 at various retail stores for $9.00 each. Some of the retail stores where the toy was sold are Ames Discount Stores, Inc., Rose's Stores, Inc., and Sears, Roebuck & Co.

This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury associated with the small chips that separated from the spokes of the toy.

The potentially hazardous toy was identified at the Port of Newark during a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs import surveillance program.

Consumers are urged to take the toy away from young children immediately and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or they may mail the product to Remco Baby, Inc., 1107 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 for a full refund of the purchase price and shipping costs. For more information about this recall, consumers may call Remco Baby, Inc. at 1-212-675-3227.

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 consumer 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 press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to