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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 1995

Release # 96-044
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Gymboree Announce "GymRattle" Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and The Gymboree Corporation, of Burlingame, Calif., today announced the voluntary recall of 2,800 "GymRattle" infant rattles sold after July 26, 1995. These GymRattles could come apart during use, releasing a small rattle bell and small wooden pieces that present a choking hazard to young children.

The wooden rattle, measuring 4.5 inches long, has a multi-colored, cylinder-shaped cage with a small silver bell inside and a circular wooden handle. The rattles' hang tag reads in part, "GYMBOREE ... GymRattle ... Crafted in solid maple wood ... Recommended for ages to 3 to 18 months..." Gymboree stores sold the recalled rattles nationwide from July 26,1995 through November 1995 for approximately $8. GymRattles sold before July 26, 1995 are not part of this recall.

Consumers should take the recalled GymRattles away from children immediately and return them to the Gymboree store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should contact Gymboree at (800) 222-7758.

Gymboree has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving GymRattles. Gymboree is conducting this recall program voluntarily to prevent the possibility of injury, as part of Gymboree's commitment to customer safety.

The Gymboree Corporation is conducting this recall through its subsidiaries, The Gymboree Stores, Inc. and Gymboree Retail Stores, Inc.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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