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|Release # 94-036
Reeves International Recalls Kouvalias
PRODUCT: Approximately 18,400 Kouvalias Musical
Toys, model number 960. The wooden toy boxes consist of a wooden platform with a ball
connected to the platform and nine more balls in various colors attached by metal coil
springs. The boxes were distrubuted from 1989 through mid-July 1993 at various retail
stores nationwide. They sold for $44.95 each.
PROBLEM: The colored wooden balls and pieces from the music box underneath separated
during routine CPSC testing, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should take the toys away from young children immediately and return
the toys to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers
can call Reeves at: 1-800-444-4775.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Reeves International, Inc., Pequannock, NJ is voluntarily recalling 18,400 "Kouvalias
Musical Toy" model number 960. During routine CPSC testing, colored wooden balls and
gear components from the musical box underneath the toy separated, presenting a potential
choking hazard to young children.
The musical toy consists of the following parts: a wooden base (5 inches in diameter) that
houses the musical box; a wooden platform that measures 3-1/2 inches in diameter and is
attached to the base; and a wooden ball (2 inches in diameter) connected to the platform.
Nine wooden balls in various colors are attached to the 2- inch diameter wooden ball by
1-1/2 inch metal coil springs. The music box is activated when the platform is turned; a
song is played while the toy rotates. The label underneath the base reads: "A.
Kouvalias S.A. . . .MADE IN GREECE."
The "Kouvalias Music Toy" was imported by Reeves from Greece and distributed
nationwide at various retail stores from 1989 through mid-July 1993. The musical toys sold
for $44.95 each.
Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return the
toys to the stores where purchased for a full refund. Consumers who have questions about
this recall may contact Reeves toll-free at: 1-800- 444-4775.
Neither CPSC nor Reeves is aware of any injuries involving the musical toys. This
voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially
hazardous toys were identified by CPSC during a routine inspection of the firm.
CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different
types of consumer products fall within 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
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