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November 3, 1994

Release # 95-017
CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext.1191

Four Seasons General Merchandise Recalls Educational Pull Toys

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Four Seasons General Merchandise of Vernon, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,500 "Funny Train" and "Elephant" educational pull toys. CPSC testing found that the toys had small parts that broke off, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

The toys, which cost about $2.00, were sold in food stores, discount stores, and retail stores in Southern California between March and June 1994. The elephant toy is pink plastic and the train is blue plastic. The toys are 8 to 9 inches long and 7 inches high, with four red plastic wheels, a clock with arms that can be moved to different positions, two sets of abacus beads, and a 5-inch long white pull cord in front. They were packaged in plastic bags with cardboard headers that read "Diplomat Play & Learn Education Toy No.3062/16151H, Made in China."

Consumers should take the toys away from children immediately and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions about this recall can call Four Seasons at (213) 582-4444.

To date, CPSC and Four Seasons have not received any reports of injuries involving these toys. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to