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January 27, 1998

Release # 98-057
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Nancy Sales Co. Inc. Announce Recall of Bean Bag Crab Toys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nancy Sales Co. Inc. of Chelsea, Mass., is recalling about 4,100 bean bag crab toys. The toys' seams can separate and allow plastic pellets to be released, presenting an aspiration hazard to young children.

CPSC and Nancy Sales Co. Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The bean bag crab is made from red velour fabric. Its body, measuring about 4 inches wide, is filled with plastic pellets and has plastic black eyes. Attached to the crab's body are five pairs of stuffed legs that extend the crab to about 10 inches long. The crab has a sewn-on label that reads in part, "NANCO ... CHELSEA, MA...MADE IN CHINA." A tag attached to the toy at the time of sale describes the characteristics and habitat of the "Rock Crab."

Arcade and gift shops nationwide sold the toys from January 1997 through October 1997 for about $6.

Consumers should take these toys away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Nancy Sales Co. Inc. at (800) 626-2947 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this hazard.

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