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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 1996

Release # 96-099
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Toy-O-Rama Announce Stuffed Animal Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Toy-O-Rama of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 33,000 stuffed dogs, mice, bears, and rabbits with plastic eyes that come apart from the animals. Young children can choke or inhale into their lungs small parts such as the small plastic eyes.

CPSC and Toy-O-Rama are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The stuffed velour animals measure approximately eight inches long. The dark pink dog with a white face and a pink heart applique is holding a red satin heart that reads, "Love You." The red mouse with a white head, red ears, and a white heart applique is holding a red satin heart that reads, "Be Mine." The white bear with black arms and a red velour heart applique is holding a red satin heart that reads, "Honey Bunch." Each animal has a hang tag that reads, "704-7582." The dog, mouse, and bear were sold together from a counter top display labeled in part, "Velour Cuddle Pets ... Item #73025." The rabbit, available in yellow, pink, or blue, has contrasting color velour accents. The rabbit was sold individually from a counter top display labeled in part, "Velour Bunny ... Item #76128." All the stuffed animals have black and white sewn-in tags that read in part, "TOY-O-RAMA, Made in China."

Chain drug stores, craft stores, and grocery stores, including Genovese Drug Stores, H.E.B. Grocery, and Omni Superstores, sold the stuffed animals between October 1995 and February 1996 for about $4.

Consumers should take the stuffed animals away from children under three years old immediately and return the toys to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Marti Ray of Children's Marketing Partners collect at (310) 544-7762. Children's Marketing Partners can also be contacted on the Internet at cmkt@aol.com.

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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