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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
May 26, 1992
Release # 92-085

Everything's A Dollar Stores Recall Fish Style Jolly Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

PRODUCT: 11,616 Fish-Style Jolly Rattles (article 84567) sold at Midwest and East Coast Everything's A Dollar stores from November 17, 1991 to November 23,1991. The rattles sold for $1.00 each.

PROBLEM: Beads inside the rattle may separate posing a potential choking or aspiration hazard for young children.

WHAT TO DO: Take the rattles away from young children immediately and return to any Everything's A Dollar store for a full refund of the purchase price. For more information call Everything's A Dollar, Inc. at 1-414-274-2938.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Everything's A Dollar, Inc., of Milwaukee, WI is voluntarily recalling 11,616 Fish Style Jolly Rattles (article 84567). When CPSC tested the Jolly Rattle in accordance with regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, three rings (on a rod between the fish's mouth and tail) and the beads inside the rattle separated, posing a potential choking or aspiration hazard for young children.

The Jolly Rattle is a circular, fish-shaped plastic rattle containing beads and three colored discs on a rod. The rattle comes in a variety of colors, and measures 3-1/2 inches in diameter. It has an opening at the top of the fish's back which creates a handle for small hands to hold. The rattle is sold in a cardboard-backed blister package, with a label on the front of the cardboard backing which reads in part: " . . . JOLLY RATTLE, ART.84567, MADE IN CHINA."

The Jolly Rattle, imported by Everything's A Dollar, was sold on the East Coast and in the Midwest exclusively at 73 Everything's A Dollar retail stores from November 17, 1991 to November 23, 1991. The rattle sold for a retail price of $1.00 each.

Consumers are urged to take the rattles away from young children immediately and return them to any Everything's A Dollar store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers may contact Everything's A Dollar, Inc. at 1-414-274-2938.

Neither CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. However, 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 machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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