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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 1995

Release # 95-075
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Wompkee Inc. Announce Recall of "Wompkee" Stuffed Doll

Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wompkee Inc., of Portland, ME., is recalling 2,400 Wompkee plush toys. Wires that help to shape and stiffen the toy's ears can protrude through the plush fabric, presenting a sharp point hazard for young children. Although no complaints or injuries have been reported to Wompkee, the company is taking this action as a preventive measure. Wompkee reported the potential hazard to CPSC.

The Wompkee doll is approximately 12" high, has a beige face and green body with white pieces of fur on the chest, head, and tail. The toy's beige ears measure 7 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches and have flexible wire shapers inside. A tag sewn on the toy's back reads in part, "Wompkee, Inc., 1994 Wompkee, Inc., PORTLAND, ME . . . INDONESIA."

The toy is sold in a set with a cassette tape and paperback book, each entitled "The Wompkee's First Grand Adventure." The set is packaged in an unlabeled, cream-colored box.

Con Fullam, spokesman for Wompkee, said that about 2,400 copies of the set have been sold since being introduced on November 25, 1994. The toys sold for approximately $20.00 only in Maine and New Hampshire at Bookland, Mr. Paperback, Levinsky's, Blueberries & Granite in the Maine Mall or My Maine Bag in the Bangor Mall.

Consumers should immediately return the toys to any of the stores listed above, or consumers may mail the toy directly to Wompkee, Inc. Recall, P.O. Box 415, Newfane, VT 05345. Consumers will receive a new and improved Wompkee toy, plus reimbursement for postage costs, within six to eight weeks. Consumers can call Con Fullam at Wompkee at (800) 876-8457 for more information.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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