November 14, 1995
Release # 96-017
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Ace Novelty Urge Consumers to Remove Strap
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Chair
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ace Novelty of Bellevue, Wash., is instructing
consumers to remove the strap on 69,100 "Teenage Mutant Ninja" foam chairs.
Children can become entangled and strangle in the strap.
CPSC is aware of four incidents in which the children ranging between two and four years
old were caught under the bandanna-style strap. No injuries were reported and no medical
attention was required.
The chairs, measuring 2 feet high by 14 inches wide, were part of the "Teenage Mutant
Ninja" series, which features a variety of products based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles cartoon characters. Each of the green plush chairs features a yellow seat and a
Ninja Turtle head as a backrest. The chairs were sold in four styles, all with model
number 28021:"Raphael," "Leonardo," "Michelangelo," and
"Donitello." Each chair has a red bandanna around the backrest, red mesh wrist
straps on the arms, and a red "R," "L," "M," or
"D" in a black stripe along the bottom of the chair.
Toy stores and department stores sold the 69,100 "Teenage Mutant Ninja " chairs
nationwide from January 1990 through April 1991 for approximately $19.
Consumers should immediately cut the bandanna-style strap from the chairs and discard the
strap. Consumers who have questions about this corrective action should contact Ms. McCoy
at Ace Novelty at (800) 759-1223 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.
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