|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 1994
Release # 95-018
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219
CPSC Warns of Choking Hazard From
Halloween Pumpkin Erasers
Washington, D.C. - Today on Halloween, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers that Halloween pumpkin
erasers resembling candy pose a choking hazard for young children. The erasers, imported
by Oriental Trading Company of Omaha, Neb., do not meet CPSC's small parts regulations
under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. CPSC issued this warning when Oriental Trading
refused to join the agency in a voluntary recall of the erasers.
The Halloween Toy Eraser Assortment, model number 9/260, consists of 60 assorted erasers
in the shapes of black bats, white ghosts, and orange pumpkins with green stems, which
sold for $4.50 in the 1994 Oriental Trading Company Halloween catalog. The assortments are
packaged in clear plastic cylindrical containers with a sticker on the lids that read,
"Item No. 9/260, Q'TY :1 TUBE(60 PCS), MADE IN TAIWAN." Underneath the
container's lid is a cardboard Halloween night scene with the words "Eraser Fun"
printed below a haunted house. While CPSC asked Oriental Trading to stop sale on all of
the erasers, the pumpkin erasers, which measure 3/4 inch long and 3/8 inch thick, pose the
greatest choking risk for children under 3 years of age.
CPSC urges consumers, who may find any of these erasers in their children's bags as
Halloween treats, to take them away from young children immediately. Parents and
caregivers should be careful not to let younger siblings play with toys that are only
appropriate for older siblings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.