March 18, 1996
Release # 96-082
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Division Sales Announce Wooden Caterpillar
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
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