June 29, 1998
Release # 98-134
|CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Michael Friedman Corp. Announce Recall of
WASHINGTON, 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
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
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