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