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June 20, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-085

Star Sales Recalls "Teddy Pet With Cassette"

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Star Sales Company, Knoxville, TN today announced a voluntary recall of its Teddy Pet With Cassette #3851 because the bear could catch on fire due to inadequate insulation around the wires within the teddy bear. The company sold 1,015 units of the Teddy Pet With Cassette nationwide since 1986. No injuries have been reported. The Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office reported to CPSC one fire incident with this teddy bear resulting in property damage only.

This item is a 12-inch tall battery-operated animated brown and white teddy bear which has moving eyes, ears and mouth and produces sounds by means of an audio tape. A tag attached to the back lists the code "HS-703."

Consumers who have this Teddy Pet With Cassette should discontinue use and return it to the retail store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers may also call Star Sales Company at its toll-free number, 1-800-347-9494, for instructions on returning the product.

The recall is being announced as part of CPSC's mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for product safety. Some 15,000 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