Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-041
Pier I Imports Recall Pull-Toys
PRODUCT: Three wooden pull toys SKU# 1197598,
imported by Pier 1 Imports and sold in its stores nationwide during the 1993 holiday
season. The toys came in three styles: a gray elephant, a red and black soldier, and a
brown bear. Each toy has a wooden base with wheels and a pull string with a bead at the
PROBLEM: During CPSC testing, the wooden beads at the end of the pull strings separated
and various other wood chips separated during impact testing, presenting a potential
choking hazard to young children.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to take the pull toys away from young children immediately
and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund or exchange for other
merchandise. Anyone with questions about this recall may contact Pier 1 Imports at
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Pier 1 Imports, Fort Worth, TX is continuing its voluntary recall, initiated in December
of 1993, of three wooden pull toys.
The pull toys came in three styles: a brown bear, a gray elephant, and a red and black
soldier, each on a wooden base with wheels and a pull string that has a bead at the end.
Each toy is approximately 6 inches high, 6 inches long, and 3 inches wide and has a white
sticker on the underside of the base that reads, "Made in Sri Lanka 1197598 100/1001
7.99." The toys were sold for $7.99 during the 1993 holiday season.
CPSC tested the pull toys and found that the small wooden beads at the end of the pull
strings separated during tension testing, presenting a potential choking hazard to young
children. In addition, various other wood chips separated during impact testing.
Consumers are urged to take the pull toys away from young children immediately and return
them to any Pier 1 Imports store for a full refund or exchange for other merchandise.
Anyone having questions about this recall may call Pier 1 toll-free at 1-800-245-4595.
Neither CPSC nor Pier 1 Imports is aware of any injuries involving these pull toys. Pier 1
Imports took corrective action immediately after it was made aware of the potential
problem and is conducting the voluntary recall in order to prevent the possibility of
injury. The potentially hazardous pull toys were identified by the Public Interest
Research Group in Washington, DC.
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 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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