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March 8, 1999

Release # 99-074
CONTACT: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Chariot Victor Publishing Announce Recall of VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle Playset

CPSC, Chariot Victor Publishing Announce Recall of VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle PlaysetWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Chariot Victor Publishing, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is recalling about 44,000 VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle playsets. Six of the character figurines have plastic plugs in their base that can come out, presenting a small parts choking hazard for young children. The French Peas figurine also poses a choking hazard because of its size and shape.

CPSC and Chariot Victor Publishing are aware of one report of a 2-year-old child found with a plug from the playset in his mouth. No injuries have been reported. VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle playsets contain 10 figurines based on the "Dave and The Giant Pickle!" video. They include asparagus, peas, a grape, gourds and a pickle. The set also includes two sheep and tents. The figurines were sold in a mostly blue box showing scenes from the animated video. The product number SPCN 9834501358 is under the UPC code on the back of the box.

Major Christian bookstores and catalog companies sold these playsets nationwide from September 1998 through February 1999 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately take the figurines with plugs in their base and the French Peas figurine away from children, and return them to Chariot Victor Publishing for free replacement figurines. The company also will reimburse consumers postage charges for returning their figurines. For more information, call Chariot Victor Publishing at (800) 743-2514 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. Consumers also can write to the company at: Chariot Victor Publishing, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

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