May 22, 1997
Release # 97-129
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Papel Freelance Inc. Announce Recall Of
Wooden Pencils w/Miniature Pacifiers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Papel Freelance
Inc. of Cranbury, N.J., is recalling about 28,000 pencils that have miniature pacifiers
where erasers are normally found. These miniature pacifiers detach very easily from the
pencils, presenting a choking hazard to young children.
CPSC and Papel Freelance Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these pencils. This
recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The wooden pencils, measuring 7 inches long, are available in pink and blue. The words
"PAPEL/FREELANCE Taiwan" are printed on the side of the pencils. The pencils
have miniature pacifiers where erasers are normally found. The pacifiers, measuring about
1.5 inches wide, are mostly cream in color.
Various retail stores nationwide, including Winn Dixie and Hallmark, sold the pencils from
September 1996 through April 1997 for about $2.
Consumers should take these pencils away from young children immediately and return them
to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall,
consumers should call Papel Freelance Inc. at (800) 634-8384.
CPSC learned of this problem from the State of Connecticut's Department of Consumer
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