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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March , 1998

Release # 98-074
CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580  Ext. 1192
Fisher-Price: Laurie Strong
(716) 687-3395

CPSC, Fisher-Price Announce Recall of Infant Toys

CPSC, Fisher-Price Announce Recall of Infant ToysWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 21,000 cookie-shaped refrigerator magnet toys and 49,000 crib mobiles. The magnet can come apart and release small plastic pieces, presenting a choking hazard to young children. Part of the mobile can detach and fall into the crib, presenting a risk of injury to young children.

Fisher-Price has received 59 reports of cookie magnets coming apart. One report involved a child ingesting plastic pieces and nine reports involved children putting plastic pieces in their mouths, which were removed by adults. Fisher-Price has received 78 reports of mobile parts detaching. Forty-one reports involved the mobile's rotating ring and mirror detaching and falling into cribs, resulting in 15 injuries, such as bumps and bruises.

The refrigerator magnet toy looks like a partially eaten chocolate cookie with colorful candy pieces on top. The bottom of the cookie is white. Only cookie-shaped magnets with date codes from 224 through 228, sold after September 1, 1997, are involved in this recall. The date code is imprinted on the back of the magnet and is the first three digits of an alpha-numeric code. The cookie-shaped magnet is sold as part of a three-piece Refrigerator Activity Magnet Set, Fisher-Price No. 71126. The other two magnets look like a carrot and a piece of cheese. Only the cookie magnet is being recalled.

The crib mobile toy is a round, rotating mobile with a white plastic ring that is suspended from a plastic arm attached to a crib. The mobile, which plays music, has a mirrored center and has colorful butterflies and beads that move on the ring as the mobile rotates. The mobile also can be removed from the arm for use as a floor toy. The mobile is sold as the Magic Motion Mobile, Fisher-Price No. 71153.

Major toy and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold the recalled cookie magnet with the Refrigerator Activity Magnet Set beginning in September 1997 for about $6 and sold the Magic Motion Mobile beginning in June 1997 for about $24.

Consumers should take these toys away from children immediately and call Fisher-Price toll-free at (888) 407-6479 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Consumers will receive a free replacement cookie magnet or replacement parts for the mobile,as applicable.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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