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March 18, 1999

Release # 99-081
CONTACT: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Safari Ltd. Announce Recall of Toy Puzzles

Safari Ltd. Announce Recall of Toy PuzzlesWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Safari Ltd., of Miami, Fla., is recalling more than 10,200 toy puzzles. The puzzle has two shapes that are small parts, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and Safari Ltd. are not aware of any complaints or injuries involving these puzzles. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The child's wooden toy puzzle has 10 shapes. Each shape has a colorful paper laminated veneer and plastic knob handles. When the handled piece is lifted up, the name of the shape is revealed underneath. The small parts are the oval and rhombus shapes. The puzzle is labeled ?SHAPES...SAFARI...No.9536-12...1997 SAFARI LTD." The puzzle was packaged in plastic with a card insert that reads "SAFARI LTD...PEEK INSIDE PUZZLE, Made in Taiwan, NO. 9536-12 SHAPES."

Toy stores nationwide sold these puzzles from April 1998 through February 1999 for about $5.

Consumers should immediately take these puzzles away from young children and return them to Safari Ltd. for either a refund or a replacement. For instructions on returning the puzzle, consumers should call should call Safari Ltd. at (800) 615-3111 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

This matter was brought to CPSC's attention by the State of Connecticut, Department of Consumer Protection.

Shapes Safari puzzles currently on the market, model 9549-12, have been redesigned and are not involved in this recall.

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