April 28, 1998
Release # 98-102
|CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC and Sanrio Inc. Announce Recall of Mascot
Plushes Animal Toys
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sanrio Inc., of South
San Francisco, Calif., is recalling about 29,000 stuffed Mascot Plushes animal toys. The
small bells on these stuffed toys can become detached, presenting an aspiration hazard to
young children, which could result in death.
CPSC and Sanrio Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The Mascot Plushes involved in this recall are 5-inch-high bean-stuffed animals. They
include Hello Kitty, a cat, item 014388; Keroppi, a frog, item 014389; Pochacco, a dog,
item 014390; and Badtz Maru, a penguin, item 014391. Each animal comes with a quarter-inch
wide metal bell. A card tag, attached to the toy when sold, shows each individual
character's name, the item number and also reads, "Sanrio Inc." and "Made
The plush toys were sold at Sanrio's stores and various other retail stores nationwide in
October 1997 for about $5.
Consumers should take these stuffed toys away from young children immediately, and either
remove the bell from the toy, or return the toy to the store where purchased for a full
refund. The toy also can be returned by mail for a full refund plus the cost of postage to
Sanrio, Attn: Quality Assurance Dept., 570 Eccles Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080. For
more information about this recall, consumers should call Sanrio at (888) 311-6720 between
8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT 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
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