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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
July 8, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-092

Scenique Toys Announces Recall Of Teething Wheels

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Scenique Toys, Inc., San Francisco, CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,250 "Teething Wheel" teethers, model number SIL/893. When CPSC tested the Teething Wheel in accordance with regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the dumbbell-shaped pieces positioned inside the wheel separated in half, creating small parts that pose a potential choking hazard for young children.

The Teething Wheel consists of a white four-inch diameter ring; and four two-inch dumbbell-shaped pieces colored red, blue, green and yellow that are positioned through a clear plastic disk in the middle of the white ring. The clear plastic disk is embossed with the words "MADE IN CHINA." A label on the box reads "Produced By SCENIQUE TOYS INC., 645 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, USA, Made in China."

The Teething Wheel, imported by Scenique Toys, Inc., was sold nationwide from February 1990 to July 1990 through various retail stores for an average retail price of $4.99 each.

The CPSC and the company are aware of one non-injury incident involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of any future injuries.

The potentially hazardous Teething Wheel was identified during a follow-up to a consumer complaint made to CPSC.

Consumers are urged to take the Teething Wheel away from young children immediately and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or they may mail the product to Scenique Toys, Inc., 645 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 for a full refund of the purchase price and shipping costs. For more information about this recall, consumers may call the firm at 415-777-1188.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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