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December 23, 1994

Release # 95-053
CPSC: Robin Diamond
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1219

CPSC, Rubbermaid Recall Children's Whale & Dinosaur Hampers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rubbermaid Incorporated of Wooster, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling two similarly-constructed children's hampers, the Li'l Roughneck Humphrey the Dinosaur Hamper (item #2792) and the Li'l Roughneck Bubbles the Whale Hamper (item #2793).

Very small children who crawl into the hampers can lodge their heads in the hollow tail of the whale hamper or the head of the dinosaur hamper. Rubbermaid received one report of a 14-month-old child whose head became lodged in the tail of the whale hamper and one report of a 10-month-old child whose head became lodged in the head of the dinosaur hamper.

Although neither child was seriously injured, Rubbermaid is undertaking this recall to prevent possible injury.

Humphrey the Dinosaur Hamper, shaped like a dinosaur, is made of jade green plastic. Bubbles the Whale Hamper, shaped like a whale, is made of blue plastic. Both products,which come with removable lids, measure approximately 30 inches in length and 19 inches in height. About 150,000 whale and dinosaur hampers were sold nationwide beginning in 1993.

Consumers should discontinue use of these products and call Rubbermaid at (800) 786-5588 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, for information on how to receive a shipping carton to return the product for a full refund of $30.

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