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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
December 5, 1991
Release # 92-027

"Infants Playmat Toys" and "Special Skunk" Toy Recalled

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), House of Lloyd, Inc., Grandview, MO is voluntarily recalling 7,200 Infant's Playmat toys and 21,000 Special Skunk stuffed animal toys. When CPSC tested the toys in accordance with regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the rattle included with the Infant's Playmat broke in half, the nose on the face of the Skunk and the clear plastic suction cups attached to the legs of the Skunk separated posing a potential choking or aspiration hazard for young children.

The Infant's Playmat (catalog number 3182/stock number 130189) is 32 inches wide and 36 inches long. The Playmat has a tan furry bear's face with black button eyes, a hard plastic black nose, one striped cloth ear and one dotted cloth ear with both ears trimmed in tan fur, a striped bow at the neck of the bear, a quilt stomach and four stuffed tan paws. Included with the Playmat is a rattle, a teething toy and a mirror that can be attached to one of the three paws with velcro fasteners. The fourth paw contains a squeeze toy and an applique of a house sewn on the front of the paw that has the message "TOUCH me." The label attached to the Infant's Playmat reads in part: "House of Lloyd, Inc., Stock No 130189, Infant's Play Mat, Made in Korea, House of Lloyd 1988."

The Infant's Playmat imported by House of Lloyd was sold nationwide at home demonstration parties from May 1989 through December 1989 for $34.90 each. The Special Skunk stuffed animal (catalog number 4155/stock number 510052) is black and white and is seven and one-half inches high and three and one-half inches wide. The arms and legs have suction cups attached to them. The skunk also has a tail that is curled up its back and sewn to the body. The skunk's face has plastic eyes and a hard plastic nose and a message on the stomach that says GOD MADE ME SPECIAL. The label attached to the skunk reads in part: "House of Lloyd, Stock No. 510052, Special Skunk, Made in China . . ." The Special Skunk imported by House of Lloyd was sold nationwide at home demonstration parties from May 1989 through December 1989 for $11.90 each.

Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return them for a full refund to: House of Lloyd, Inc., Attn: Merchandise Recall, 601 S. 291 Hwy., 5555 W. GeoSpace Dr., Independence, MO 64056. For more information about this recall, consumers may contact House of Lloyd, Inc. at (816) 966-2277.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving these toys. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The potentially hazardous toys were identified at the Port of Kansas, Kansas City, MO, during a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs surveillance program and upon inspection of the firm.

The CPSC is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

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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