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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
May 24, 1993
Release # 93-071

Playskool Announces Recall of Teddy Bear

PRODUCT: Playskool Inc., Teddy Bear number 5149, soft, plush teddy bear is light brown with dark eyes and a black nose. The 13-inch tall teddy bear has two sewn-in labels: a red label with the Playskool name and a white label with the item number and washing instructions. About 170,390 Teddy Bears were shipped from October 1990 through the end of 1992, and sold for approximately $15.00 each.

PROBLEM: Although the Teddy Bear passed all Federal regulations, Playskool received 18 complaints that the eyes separate from the Teddy Bear. While no injuries have been reported, a choking hazard does exist.

WHAT TO DO: Return the Teddy Bear to Playskool, Inc., P.O. Box 1990, Pawtucket, RI 02802 for a full refund of the purchase price and postage; or return the Teddy Bear to the store where purchased for a full refund. For further information consumers may write to: Playskool Teddy Bear Recall Program, 200 Narragansett Park, PO Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02860-0200; or call toll-free 1-800-752-9755.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool, Inc., a division of Hasbro, Inc., of Pawtucket, RI, is voluntarily recalling its Teddy Bear number 5149.

CPSC was informed of a potential choking hazard by Playskool after the company received 18 complaints of the eyes separating from the Playskool Teddy Bear.

Although the Playskool Teddy Bear has passed all Federal regulations and no injuries have been reported, a choking hazard does exist. In the interest of children's safety, Playskool decided to recall the product.

Approximately 170,390 Teddy Bears were distributed to retailers from October 1990 through the end of 1992. The bears were distributed nationally through wholesale and retail outlets and sold for approximately $15.00 each. The soft plush Playskool Teddy Bear is light brown with dark brown eyes and a black nose. The bear is approximately 13 inches tall and has two sewn-in labels: a red label with the Playskool name and a white label with the item number and washing instructions.

Consumers who own the Playskool Teddy Bear should return the product to Playskool, Inc., PO Box 1990, Pawtucket, RI 02862-9940 for a full refund of the purchase price plus postage. Consumers may also return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund. For further information, consumers may write to: Playskool Teddy Bear Recall Program, 200 Narragansett Park Drive, P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02860- 0200; or call toll free 1-800-752-9755.

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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