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December 5, 1995

Release # 96-032
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Imperial Toy Corp. Announce Toy Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Imperial Toy Corporation of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about100,000 toy vehicles, aquatic animals, bottle feeding sets, and meal time sets. The toys can break into small pieces, presenting a choking hazard to small children.

The toy vehicles were sold in six styles: two types of cars, a bulldozer, tow truck, dump truck, and cement truck. The plastic vehicles, measuring 4 inches long, 2.75 inches wide, and 3 inches high, have black chassis and brightly colored carriages. The wheels generate sparks that are visible through the vehicles' windows as the toys roll. The toys were sold individually for $2 each from bulk containers labeled in part, "Imperial Mighty Machines Motorized Big Wheel Sparklers***." The toys break into small pieces which could choke children.

The aquatic animal toys, measuring 3 inches long, were sold in four styles with three of the styles included in this recall: Tammy the Turtle, Peppy the Penguin, and Sally the Seal. The brightly colored plastic wind-up toys have moving parts that propel them through water.

The toys were sold individually for about $4 on blister packed cards labeled in part, "Aqua Wind Ups *** Imperial *** Swimming Aqua Animals *** No 8180." The animals' flippers, feet and snouts break off and present a choking hazard to small children. The Benjie the Beaver aquatic toy is not included in this recall.

The toy bottle feeding set consists of two 3-inch high plastic baby bottles. The orange bottle has blue trim with a blue cap. The clear bottle trimmed in pink has a pink cap. The bottles were sold in pairs for $2 and were blister packed on cardboard and labeled in part, "Imperial Cuddles Bottle Feeding Set *** No 8233." If the bottle's nipple and funnel break apart and children put the pieces in their mouths, the children could choke.

The plastic toy meal set includes a plastic dish, feeding bottle, two strainers, and a funnel made of blue, yellow, pink, and purple plastic. The toys sold for about $2 and were blister packed on a card labeled in part, "Imperial *** My Dolly Meal Time *** NO. 8327." The end of the bottle breaks off and presents a choking hazard.

Ben Franklin, Revco, and toy stores nationwide sold the toys imported from China from 1993 to April 1995.

Consumers should take these recalled toys away from young children immediately and return the toys to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Imperial Toy Corporation at (800) 543-6551, or write to the company at 2060 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021.

CPSC and Imperial Toy Corporation are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. 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 report product hazards to