October 7, 1997
Release # 98-004
|CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Multiple Firms Announce Recall of
Children's Toy Jewelry
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), three firms are voluntarily recalling nearly
42,000 sets of children's toy jewelry. The necklaces and bracelets involved in this recall
can break, releasing small beads that pose a choking and aspiration hazard to children
under three years of age.
CPSC and the firms involved in the recall are not aware of any injuries involving the toy
jewelry. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
A. A. of America Inc. of East Brunswick, N.J., is recalling more than 5,300 sets of 12
bracelets packaged as party favors. The bracelets' beads are in various shapes, including
disks, hearts and flowers, and are strung on elastic string. The label on the cardboard
header reads in part "FUN TIME PARTY FAVORS, MADE IN CHINA." In a purple box on
the left side of the cardboard header is an illustration of children sitting around a
table for a party.
Almar Sales Co. Inc. of New York, N.Y., is recalling more than 8,600 matching children's
necklace and bracelet sets with plastic beads strung on elastic string. The beads are in
various shapes, including balls, hearts, smiley faces and teddy bears. The mostly white
hang tag has outlines of different-colored flowers. "Expressions BY ALMAR" is
written in pink on the tag, and "FUNWEAR JEWELRY" is written in blue. A set will
bear one of the following item numbers: NB110, NB112, NB124, NB129 or NB137. Mermaid
International Inc. of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 28,000 matching toy necklace and
bracelet sets. The three sets include pastel beads with hearts, multicolored beads and
silver disks with bows, and beads with fish and cubes. All beads and shapes are strung on
elastic string. The sets are held together by a cardboard wrapper that reads in part,
"... MERMAID ... Kiddie Necklace Bracelet Set." Each set bears the item number
NB2490, NB2491, NB2492 or NB2493.
All these toys were sold in children's, dollar-type and discount stores nationwide through
March 5, 1997 for about $1. Consumers should take the toy jewelry sets 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 A. A. of America Inc. at (908)
613-8555 (collect), Almar Sales Co. Inc. at (800) 251-2522 and Mermaid International Inc.
at (800) 876-7581 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.