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|Release # 93-062
Taco Bell Corp. Announces Voluntary
Recall of Promotional Items
PRODUCT: Approximately 500,000 Lowly Worm and
Huckle Cat finger puppets and 80,000 Rocky & Bullwinkle inflatable balls distributed
free by Taco Bell restaurants. The finger puppets were distributed free in Taco Bell Kid's
Meals from January 25 through March 28, 1993 and the inflatable balls were distributed
free in Taco Bell Kid's Meals from March 29 through March 31, 1993.
PROBLEM: Taco Bell received complaints that the finger puppets became stuck on the tongues
of three children; and several complaints that blowing up the balls caused slight
WHAT TO DO: Return both products to any Taco Bell location and receive a complimentary
original Taco. Consumers with questions may call toll-free at 1-800-374-8220.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Taco Bell Corp. of Irvine, CA announced a voluntary recall of items recently distributed
in two Kid's Meal promotions by Taco Bell restaurants throughout the United States.
"The Busy World of Richard Scarry" finger puppets, Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat,
were recalled, as well as Rocky & Bullwinkle inflatable balls. Taco Bell received
complaints that the finger puppets had become stuck on the tongues of three children and
several complaints that blowing up the balls caused slight dizziness.
A spokesperson for Taco Bell said, "Taco Bell has elected to recall both items
voluntarily from our stores to eliminate any possibility of future customer discomfort and
inconvenience. We want to continue to ensure the comfort and safety of our
According to the manufacturer, both products were tested in accordance with CPSC
regulations. Approximately 500,000 finger puppets were distributed free in Taco Bell Kid's
Meals from January 25 through March 28, 1993. About 80,000 inflatable balls, also free in
Kid's Meals, were distributed from March 29 through March 31, 1993.
Consumers may return both products to any Taco Bell location and receive a complimentary
original Taco. A toll-free consumer hotline has been established at 1-800-374-8220 to
respond to consumer inquiries.
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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