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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 1995

Release # 96-047
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Accoutrements Announce Squeak Toy Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Accoutrements of Seattle, Washington, is voluntarily recalling 120,960 Squeak Pickle toys and 25,056 Squeak Kangaroo and baby kangaroo toys. During normal use, the squeaker device can separate from the toys, posing a choking hazard for young children.

The Squeak Pickles, item S877, were sold individually from bags of 12 labelled in part, "*** The Coral Line *** Accoutrements *** Not for children under 3 *** made in China *** ." The green rubber pickles each measure 3.5 inches long. The rubber Squeak Kangaroo and baby kangaroo toys, item 9394, were sold as a set in a box labelled in part, "*** GREAT MOTHERHOOD *** FOR AGES 3 AND UP *** Squeaking *** Kangaroo *** MADE IN CHINA*** S.D.S. TOYS ***." The grey and black kangaroo measures approximately 5 inches tall. The baby kangaroo measures about 1.5 inches tall and fits in the kangaroo's pouch.

Retail, toy, museum, chain and drug stores sold the pickle toys nationwide for approximately 35 cents apiece between August 1991 and November 1995. The same types of stores sold the Kangaroo toys from May 1990 through November 1995 for approximately $2.50.

Consumers should immediately take these toys away from children and return the toys to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Accoutrements toll free at (800) 886-2221.

To date, Accoutrements and CPSC have not received any reports of incidents involving these toys. The toys were brought to CPSC's attention through CPSC's import surveillance program, performed in cooperation with the U.S. Customs Service.

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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