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March 22, 1995

Release # 95-098
CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext.1191

CPSC, Sanitoy Inc, Announce Recall of "Rolling Ball Rattle Teether"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sanitoy Inc. of Fitchburg, Mass., is voluntarily recalling 21,200 Rolling Ball Rattle Teethers, Model No. 520-Z and Model No. 520-E. The rattle handle may present a choking hazard for young children.

The flower-shaped rattle has blue turning petals and a round, rotating pink center. The base and handle of the rattle are yellow. The turquiose, rubber teething ring at the base of the handle also moves. The rubber ring is flexible enough to allow the rattle handle to fit down a child's throat. The rattle is 6.5 inches long and is sold in a cardboard blister package. A label on the package reads in part, "NURSERY NEEDS Rolling Ball Rattle-Teether, No. 520-Z [No.520-E]. . . SANITOY , INC. . . Made in China."

Sanitoy distributed the recalled rattle nationally from April 1994 through December 1994. The rattle sold for $1.99 at retailers such as Baby's Mart, Caldors, Bradlees, Target, Pilgrim, Maxi Drug, Westside Pharmacy, and Tots Wear Company stores.

Consumers should take the rattle away from children immediately and return the rattle to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers can call Sanitoy at (800)786-8595 for more information.

Although no complaints or injuries have been reported to Sanitoy or CPSC, the company is taking this action as a preventive measure. The State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection reported this potential hazard to CPSC.

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