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September 11, 1996

Release # 96-188
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC and Gerber Products Co. Announce "Flip Fingers Rattle" Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerber Products Co. of Fremont, Mich., is voluntarily recalling approximately 60,000 Flip Fingers Rattles in one style. The spherical end-caps of the rattle may separate releasing small parts, such as spinning pieces and noise-making beads, which present a choking and inhalation hazard to young children.

Gerber received five reports of these rattles breaking. CPSC and Gerber have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

This recall involves Flip Fingers Rattles with red, U-shaped handles embossed with the word "Gerber." The rattles, measuring 5.25 inches long by 2.5 inches wide, have yellow spherical ends holding multi-colored spinning parts. Flip Fingers Rattles with green handles are not included in this recall.

Grocery stores and a few specialty stores sold the rattles nationwide from May 1996 through September 1996 for about $1.40. The rattles came in clear plastic packages on a blue card labeled in part, "Gerber Flip Fingers Rattle ... number 76250."

Consumers should take the rattles away from children immediately and call Gerber at (800) 4-GERBER. Gerber will send consumers mailing materials and instructions for returning the rattles to the company to receive a refund. For more information, consumers should call (800) 4-GERBER.

Media inquiries should be directed to Van Hindes at Gerber Products Co., (616) 928-2782, or Gary Rudnick at Golin/Harris, (312) 836-7112.

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