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June 26, 1996

Release # 96-151
CPSC: Nychelle   White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Hedstrom Issue Safety Warning for My Pet Bear Ride-On Toy

CPSC, Hedstrom Issue Safety Warning for My Pet Bear Ride-On ToyWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hedstrom Corporation of Bedford, Pa., is warning owners of approximately 9,400 Hedstrom My Pet Bear ride-on toys to remove the foam covering from the two horizontal, metal support tubes in order to eliminate any risk of children choking on the foam.

Hedstrom has received four reports of children biting off pieces of the protective foam. No injuries have been reported.

My Pet Bear, model number 2-551, is a bouncing/rocking toy recommended for children ages nine months to 36 months. The ride, measuring 21 inches high, 36 inches long, and 22 inches wide, resembles a bear with a seat attached to its back. Four heavy springs attach the bear to a metal frame with two horizontal bars covered with light tan foam padding.

Retail stores sold the My Pet Bear ride-on toy nationwide from January 1995 through May 1996 for about $45.

Consumers who have any questions regarding this warning should call Hedstrom Corporation at (800) 233-3271 or write to Hedstrom, Sunnyside Road, Bedford, Pa. 15522.

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