April 30, 1996
Release # 96-113
|CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC and Penguin USA Announce "Color 'N
Contrast Crib Book" Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin
USA of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 24,000 "Color 'N Contrast Crib Books."
The books were sold under two titles, "KITTY AND FRIENDS" and "PUPPY AND
FRIENDS." These books were sold under the Playskool name, which is licensed by
Dutton. Straight pins used during the manufacturing process were mistakenly left in some
of the books, creating a hazard to young children.
Neither CPSC nor Penguin USA is aware of any injuries involving these books. This recall
is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The "Kitty and Friends Color and Contrast Crib Book" and "Puppy and Friends
Color and Contrast Crib Book" each consist of five attached plush fabric panels. Each
panel has a black and white picture on one side and a color picture on the other. The
panels can be folded into one another, creating a "book." The first and last
panel have Velcro tabs attached so that the unfolded panels can be attached to crib slats
and used as a crib decoration. The books measure 5.25 inches by 5.25 inches when folded
and 5.25 inches by 26 inches when extended.
The "Kitty and Friends" book includes colored panels with pictures of a house, a
bear, a duck, a flower, and a locomotive. The book's black and white panels include
pictures of a rocking horse, four boxes with a quarter moon, heart, triangle, and star, a
boy's face, a target, and a cat.
The "Puppy and Friends" book includes colored panels with pictures of a fish, a
ball, a butterfly, a car, and an apple. The book's black and white panels include pictures
of a sailboat, four boxes with two circular mazes and two square mazes, a girl's face, a
design with a triangle, a heart, a circle and a star, and a dog.
A label on the fabric flaps reads in part, "Dutton Children's Books, a division of
Penguin Books USA Inc. ... Playskool ... Hasbro, Inc." and "ISBN
0-525-45468-3" or "ISBN 0-525-45469-1." (Playskool licenses its name to
Penguin Books USA Inc.)
The books were packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard insert and a cardboard
header. The cardboard header reads in part, "PLAYSKOOL COLOR 'N'CONTRAST Crib
Various retail stores, including Barnes and Noble, Borders, Walden Books, Crown Books,
Fay's Drug Stores, Burlington Coat Factory, Musicland, Baby Superstores, and others, sold
the books nationwide from November 1995 to March 1996 for $4.99 each.
Consumers should take these books away from young children immediately and return them to
the retail store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers can also mail the books to
Penguin USA, 100 Fabrite Road, Newbern, TN 38059-1334, Attn: Cloth Book Department.
Penguin USA will reimburse consumers the price of the book and postage costs. For more
information, consumers should call Penguin USA at (800) 447-9911.
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 email@example.com.