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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 1996

Release # 96-082
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Division Sales Announce Wooden Caterpillar Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Division Sales Inc. of Itasca, Ill., is recalling 6,000 toy wooden caterpillars. The toy caterpillar's eyes can break off, presenting a choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and Division Sales Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these toy caterpillars. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The painted wooden caterpillars, measuring approximately 10 inches long, 4 inches tall, and 3 inches wide, have yellow bodies and green, red, and blue wheels. The toy has a 10-inch long pull string attached to the caterpillar's head. Although the toy itself is unlabeled, it comes packaged in a blue colored cardboard box labeled "WOOD CATERPILLAR ... ITEM NO. 801 MADE IN CHINA FOR JUSTEN PRODUCTS."

Various retail stores and discount centers sold the toy caterpillars nationwide from July 1994 to February 1996 for approximately $5 to $10 each.

Consumers should take the toy caterpillars away from young children immediately and return the toys to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Division Sales Inc. at (800) 621-8134. The potentially hazardous toys were identified by the State of Kentucky's Department of Health Services, Product Safety Programs at a retail store in Eddyville, Kentucky.

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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