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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
January 7, 1993
Release # 93-035

Lights, Camera, Interaction!, Inc. Recalls Fuzzy Puzzles

PRODUCT: Four models of "Fuzzy Puzzles": Farm Animals, Pets, Jungle Animals and Circus, distributed by Lights, Camera, Interaction!, Inc.

PROBLEM: The peg in the center of each animal puzzle piece could separate from the piece and presents a choking hazard to young children.

WHAT TO DO: Return the puzzle to the place of purchase for a free replacement puzzle.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lights, Camera, Interaction!, Inc. of Westport, CT is voluntarily recalling four models of "Fuzzy Puzzles." The puzzles come in Farm Animals, Pets, Jungle Animals and Circus Animals. No model numbers appear on the puzzles. The wooden puzzle pegs could separate from the pieces of all four puzzles presenting a fatal choking hazard to young children.

These "fit-in" type wooden puzzles are designed in the likeness of various animals with textured bodies resembling fur or feathers. There is a peg in the center of each animal to help remove and replace the puzzle piece.

Approximately 14,400 fuzzy puzzles were sold nationwide from November 1991 to January 1992 for approximately $10.00 each.

Hand painted on the front, bottom right-hand corner of each puzzle are the words "crafted by hand." A 4-1/2 by 5-1/2 inch piece of printed paper is glued to the back of the puzzle board and reads in part: "FUZZY PUZZLES, Ages 1-1/2 to 4 Made in Taiwan."

The potentially hazardous puzzles were reported to CPSC by the company after receiving a consumer complaint.

CPSC received six reports of incidents where pegs separated from the fuzzy puzzles. In two reports the pegs were reportedly found in the mouths of children. Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Consumers are urged to take the puzzles away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a free replacement puzzle. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact the company toll-free at 1-800-284-3948.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 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. 800-492-8104.

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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