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June 11, 1996

Release # 96-145
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC and Gibson Greetings Announce Stuffed Animal Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gibson Greetings Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 69,700 "Keepsake Kritters" stuffed bears and cats. The stuffed animals' eyes may separate from the toy, presenting a choking hazard to young children.

Gibson Greetings and CPSC are not aware of any injuries involving this toy. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The stuffed animals measure about eight inches high. The brown "Orson" bear, item 1599QR925-0010, with brown eyes and brown trim, wears a sweater patterned like an American flag. The white "Abby" cat, item 1599QR927-0010, with blue eyes and pink trim, wears a multi-colored, flecked sweater. Beige hang tags attached to the toys' ears read in part, "Gibson Keepsake Kritters ... 1996 Gibson Greetings Inc. ... Made in China."

The toys were sold nationwide at a price of approximately $15 each in grocery stores, card shops, and specialty retailers from March 15, 1996 to April 22, 1996.

Consumers should take the bears and cats away from young children immediately and return the toys to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers can also mail thetoy to Gibson Greetings Inc., P.O. Box 371804, Cincinnati, OH 45222-1804, Attn: Jo Poppe/Recall. Gibson will send consumers a refund plus mailing expenses. For more information consumers may call Gibson Greetings toll free at (800) 345-6521.

No other "Keepsake Kritters" are involved in this recall. Gibson Greetings brought the hazard to CPSC's attention after it was discovered by a Gibson sales associate.

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