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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
July 31, 1992
Release # 92-119

T.P.I. of Illinois Inc. Recalls Three Toys

PRODUCT: "Train Set," "Sweet Doll with Accessories," and "Baby's Rattle" imported by T.P.I. of Illinois, Inc. and sold in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan in a total of 40 Dollar Bill$ stores from January 1991 through December 1991.

PROBLEM: The "Train Set" engine's smoke stack separated from the train presenting a choking hazard. The "Sweet Doll with Accessories" moveable legs separated from the doll presenting a choking hazard. The "Baby's Rattle" white hooks separated from the rattle presenting a choking hazard.

WHAT TO DO: Return to Dollar Bill$ stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information call (708) 371-6470.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), T.P.I. of Illinois, Inc., Crestwood, IL, is voluntarily recalling "Train Set" toy, "Sweet Doll with Accessories," and "Baby's Rattle" because small components separated from the products presenting a choking hazard to young children.

The "Train Set" toy is a simple, brightly-colored, six-car plastic train. Each flexible plastic car is approximately three inches in length and the cars snap together. The trains' wheels are black. The label on the blister package reads in part: "Train Set. TPI DISTRIBUTING. * * * MADE IN CHINA." Approximately 8,640 Train Sets were sold for a retail price of $1.00 each. During CPSC testing the engine's smoke stack separated from the train presenting a choking hazard to young children.

The "Sweet Doll with Accessories" is a four-inch tall plastic doll with a comb, a brush, and a panda figure as accessories. The doll is clothed in a one-piece dress that fastens in the back with a strip of Velcro. The doll has rooted blond hair, painted-on facial features and moveable legs and head. The panda is one-piece with painted-on facial features. The label on the blister package reads in part: "Sweet Doll With Accessories. * * * MADE IN CHINA." Approximately 1,600 Sweet Dolls with Accessories were sold for a retail price of $1.00 each. During CPSC testing the moveable legs separated from the doll presenting a choking hazard to young children.

The "Baby's Rattle" is 16 inches long and consists of nine multi-colored balls strung together on an elastic string, and at each end of the string is a plastic white hook. The hooks are used to connect the two ends of the rattle together. The label on the blister package reads in part: "Baby's Rattle. * * * MADE IN CHINA." Approximately 9,000 Baby's Rattles were sold for a retail price of $1.00 each. During CPSC testing the plastic white hooks separated from the rattle presenting a choking hazard to young children.

The Train Set, Sweet Doll with Accessories, and Baby's Rattle were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan in a total of 40 Dollar Bill$ stores from January 1991 through December 1991.

Consumers are urged to take the toys and rattle away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers may call T.P.I of Illinois, Inc. at (708) 371-6470.

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

These unsafe products were identified during an inspection of a Dollar Bill$ retail store.

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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