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January 29, 1998

Release # 98-060
CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Effanbee Doll Company Announce Recall of Miniature Rocking Chairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Effanbee Doll Company of East Brunswick, N.J., is recalling about 2,500 miniature rocking chairs. The chair has excessive levels of lead in the paint, presenting a potential lead poisoning hazard to young children.

CPSC and Effanbee are not aware of any illnesses or injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of illness or injury.

The rocking chair is wooden and each side of the chair is shaped into a cat's profile. The chair is painted white and the cat profiles are painted white with yellow outlines. The cat wears a green collar decorated with yellow and red dots. The cat also has brown flecks around its paws and tail. The cat has a red mouth, black nose, and black and gray eyes and ears. The chair measures about 1.75 inches wide and 4 inches long at its base. The rocking chair is part of the Wee Patsy Travel Set, which includes a miniature suitcase, two dolls, a paper doll book, doll clothing, a miniature train, a clown clothes tree, a miniature jack-in-the box, a plastic cat and the miniature rocking chair. Only the rocking chair is being recalled.

Doll, gift, collectible and specialty toy stores nationwide, J.C. Penney catalogs and the Effanbee Collector's Society sold the Wee Patsy Travel Set from June 1996 through December 1996 for about $115.

Consumers should take the miniature rocking chair away from children immediately. Effanbee is offering consumers a $5 refund, including postage, for the return of the miniature rocking chair. For information on how to return the miniature rocking chair and obtain a refund, consumers should call Effanbee at (800) 226-3647 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or write to the company at 19 Lexington Ave., East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

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