March 25, 1999
Release # 99-086
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Colorbök Announce Recall of Blue's
Clues(tm) Toy Notebooks
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Colorbök, of Dexter, Mich., is
voluntarily recalling about 3.8 million Blue's Clues toy notebooks to replace their coils.
The ends of the notebooks' coils can break off, presenting a small parts choking hazard to
CPSC is aware of four incidents where the end piece of the coil broke off. In three of
these incidents, the end piece was removed from the mouth of a child by a parent. There
have been no reports of injuries.
The "Handy Dandy Notebook" includes a crayon and 14 wipe-off pages. Consumers
can identify the recalled notebooks by looking for the words "1998 Colorbök Paper
Products Inc." on the notebook's back cover. The notebook measures about 4 inches
wide and 4 inches long. The coils are red plastic, the front and back covers are green
with a black border and the inside pages are yellow. A red chair is on the front cover,
and "This is _____'s Handy Dandy Notebook" is on the back of the front cover.
Several versions of this notebook are made by a number of companies. Only the Colorbök
notebook is being recalled.
Chain and toy stores nationwide sold the notebooks from June 1998 through January 1999.
The notebooks sold separately for about $5 and as part of an activity set that cost about
Consumers immediately should take the notebooks away from children and call Colorbök toll
free at (877) 677-4725 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday to
obtain a free replacement coil. Consumers should not return the notebooks to
Colorbök notebooks with "Version 2" on the back cover or lower edge of
the packaging are not involved in this recall.
Although Blue's Clues is a trademark of Viacom, Colorbök is responsible for the
production of these notebooks.
Colorbök reported this hazard to CPSC after first learning of the problem.
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
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