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June 29, 1998

Release # 98-134
CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Michael Friedman Corp. Announce Recall of Rattles

CPSC, Michael Friedman Corp. Announce Recall of RattlesWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Michael Friedman Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y. is recalling about 2,000 rattles. Small parts can break off of the rattles, presenting choking and aspiration hazards to infants.

CPSC has received one report of a rattle separating and releasing small plastic balls from inside. No injury was reported.

The recalled rattles are sold under the "Hobby Horse" brand name. The rattles, measuring 5.25 inches high, look like roses. A green stem-like handle extends from the bottom of the pink or purple "rose" and bends upon itself in a somewhat circular fashion to form a handle. The words "Hong Kong" are embossed on the lower portion of the "rose." The rattles were packaged in clear plastic shrink wrap attached to a purple polka dotted bluish cardboard header, labeled "Hobby Horse...Baby Rattle."

Small children's clothing and discount stores nationwide sold the rattles from March 1997 to May 1998 for about $1 to $2.

Consumers should take the rattle away from infants immediately and return the rattle to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call the company at (800) 431-3166 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers calling from within New York state should call the company collect at (718) 257-7800.

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