June 29, 1998
Release # 98-135
|CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Laiko International Announce Recall of
Knock-A-Block Wooden Toy
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Laiko International
Inc., of City of Industry, Calif., is recalling 2,400 Knock-A-Block wooden toys. The balls
in this toy are less than 1.75 inches in diameter, which poses a choking hazard to young
CPSC and Laiko International Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving this toy. This
recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
This wooden toy consists of a red, yellow and blue wooden frame with plastic inserts
lining the four holes in the top. A wooden hammer and four solid-colored wooden balls are
included. The balls are red, green, yellow and blue. They are designed to be hammered
through the holes in the top of the toy, and then roll down a ramp to the front of the
toy. The cardboard box packaging includes writing in several languages. The English
writing states in part, "WOODEN TOY KNOCK-A-BALL *** ITEM NO.785 *** MADE IN CHINA
Toy stores and other small retail stores nationwide sold these wooden toys from August
1997 to June 1998 for about $10.
Consumers should take these toys away from young children immediately and return them to
the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can call Laiko
International Inc. at (888) 280-0280 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT or write to Laiko
International Inc., 16710 Johnson Dr., City of Industry, CA 91745.
CPSC learned of the problem through testing samples as part of a CPSC surveillance
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