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|Release # 92-044
Hyman Products Inc. Recalls Jingle Bell
Cat/Dog Bells Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hyman Products, Inc., of Maryland Heights, MO
is voluntarily recalling 700 Jingle Bell Cat plush toys, item A0534, and 50 Jingle Bell
Dog plush toys, item A0533. When CPSC tested the toys in accordance with regulations under
the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the zipper clasp separated posing a potential
choking or aspiration hazard for young children.
The cat is white and the dog is tan and white in color. Both toys are 12 inches high and
are wearing Santa Claus hats decorated with sprigs of holly. The cat has a green, red and
gold plaid bow around its neck. The dog has a green bow around its neck. Both stuffed toys
have soft plush bodies. Zippers on the backs of both toys open into small cloth-lined
compartments that house voiceboxes which, when activated, play Jingle Bells with meowing
for the cat and barking for the dog. The voiceboxes are battery-powered and are activated
by pressing on the animals' bodies. Imprinted on the voicebox is "MADE IN
The Jingle Bell Cat, imported by Hyman Products, Inc. was sold nationwide to seven retail
toy and gift stores from October 11, 1991 through November 1, 1991. The Jingle Bell Dog,
also imported by Hyman Products, Inc., was sold nationwide to nine retail toy and gift
stores from November 7, 1991, through November 15, 1991. Each toy sold for a retail price
of $29.99 each.
Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return them
to the store where purchased for a full refund of the purchase price. For more information
about this recall, consumers may contact Hyman Products, Inc. at 1-800-800-3344 or (314)
Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving these products. This
voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The potentially hazardous toys were identified at the Port of Chicago, IL, during a joint
CPSC/U.S. Customs surveillance program.
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
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