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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 1999

Release # 99-139
CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, Playskool Announce Recall to Replace Spillproof Cup Lids

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool, of Pawtucket, R.I., a division of Hasbro Inc., is voluntarily recalling about 273,000 spillproof cups. The flexible spout on the cup can tear between the slitted opening, causing a small piece of material to come loose, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Playskool has received 115 reports of the spouts on these cups tearing. Six children reportedly had pieces in their mouths. There have been no reported injuries.

These are plastic cups for children aged 6 months old and up. The cups include a twist-on lid that has a flexible, yellow spout. The lids come in various colors, and have "Playskool" written on them. The bottom of the cups have the writing, "MADE IN CHINA," and "HASBRO." The cups were sold under seven different models - the 6 oz. and 8 oz. Spillproof Cups, 6 oz. Spillproof Trainer Cup, 7 oz. and 10 oz. Easy Grip Spillproof Cups, and 8 oz. Spillproof Trainer and 6 oz. Spillproof Cups with Teletubby character decals imprinted on the cups. The cups were sold in both single and two-packs. The trainer cups have two handles.

Major retailers, including Walmart and Target, sold these cups nationwide from January 1998 through July 1999 for between $3 and $6.

Parents and caregivers should stop young children from using these cups immediately, and contact Playskool to get a free, redesigned lid. To request a replacement lid or for more information, call Playskool at (888) 690-6166 anytime.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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