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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 1995

Release # 95-094
CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext.1191

CPSC, The Bazaar Inc. Announce Recall of Vinyl Squeeze Toys

Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Bazaar Inc., of River Grove, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 57,000 vinyl squeeze toys. The squeak mechanism, a small white plastic button, can separate from the toy, presenting a serious choking hazard to small children. CPSC warns that these toys should be taken away from small children immediately.

The squeeze toys come in a variety of shapes, including balls, Santa Claus, a shoe, a foot, and 15 different animals. Each toy has the words "Malaysia" or "Made in Malaysia" embossed near the squeaker. The toys are packaged in clear plastic with a large yellow label with red lettering that reads in part " STA VINYL TOY *** SQUEEZE TOYS *** MADE IN MALAYSIA" with a girl's face on one side and a crawling baby on the other side.

The toy was identified during joint CPSC and U.S. Customs surveillance at the port in Chicago. The toys were imported from Malaysia and sold nationwide from April 1992 to April 1994 at retail stores including Dollar Stores for $1.95.

The squeeze toys can be returned to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, call The Bazaar Inc. at (708) 583-1800 or write the company at 1900 North 5th Avenue, River Grove, IL 60171.

CPSC and Bazaar Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving this toy. This 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 info@cpsc.gov.

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