December 31, 1997
|CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166
CPSC & Mattel Announce Warning for
Cabbage Patch Doll
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and
Mattel, Inc. today announced that Mattel will attach warning labels to all Cabbage Patch
Snacktime Kids dolls following reports of children getting their hair and fingers caught
in the doll's mouth.
"Mattel will put labels on all the dolls
still on store shelves and on all future production," according to CPSC Chairman Ann
Brown. "The information will warn that long hair and fingers can get caught in the
doll's mouth, and will tell consumers that the doll's chewing action can be stopped
immediately by removing the backpack. The doll will not operate without the backpack in
Brown added that the CPSC is continuing to
investigate possible safety risks posed by the doll. Mattel is pursuing its own
Glen Bozarth, Senior Vice President of Corporate
Communications for Mattel said: "This issue is of great concern to us and we are
taking actions to address it immediately."
The CPSC and Mattel, Inc. are aware of 35
incidents where a child's hair or finger was caught in the mouths of these dolls. No
serious injuries have been reported.
Mattel has distributed 700,000 Snacktime Kids
since August 1996. Mattel will also provide the safety information and warnings to
consumers who call 1-800-524-TOYS. The media contact for Mattel is Lisa McKendall,
For safety information about these dolls, or to
register a complaint, consumers can call the CPSC Hotline at 1-800-638-2772.
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