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March 10, 1997

Release # 97-082
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
Wendy's Contact:
Denny Lynch (614) 764-3413

CPSC and Determined Productions Inc. Announce Recall of Wendy's Felix the Cat Roller Fun Balls

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),Determined Productions Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 800,000 Felix the Cat roller fun balls distributed with kids' meals at Wendy's restaurants. The glued seam holding both halves of the ball may separate releasing small plastic fish from inside the ball. The small fish present a potential choking hazard to young children.

Wendy's has received two reports of the glued halves of the ball separating and one child starting to choke on the small fish inside. No injuries have been reported.

The Felix the Cat roller fun ball is a clear plastic ball containing a plastic figure of Felix the Cat and four small, plastic fish. The fish are colored red, yellow, purple, and green. The plastic ball is 2 1/2 inches in diameter and the fish measure 5/8 inch long by 1/4 inch wide. The balls were packaged in a plastic bag labeled in part, "FELIX THE CAT...ROLLER FUN BALL...WENDY'S KIDS' MEAL."

The balls were distributed with kids' meals at Wendy's restaurants nationwide from February 10 through March 4, 1997.

Consumers should immediately take these balls away from young children and return them to their local Wendy's restaurant for a free replacement toy. For more information, consumers should call Wendy's International Inc. at (800) 443-7266.

No other Felix the Cat toys distributed with Wendy's kids' meals are included in this recall.

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