September 14, 2000
Playskool's Klackeroo Toy Recalled
Pawtucket, RI (SafetyAlerts)
- Playskool said today it is voluntarily recalling about 550,000 Klackeroo toys. The toy's
brightly colored end knobs can detach and allow small, geometric-shaped pieces to come
loose, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children.
Playskool has received 10 reports of
the toy's knobs detaching to release small parts, including four reports of a small part
from the toy being found in the mouths of infants and young children. There have been no
Playskool's Klackeroo is a brightly
colored toy with orange plastic rods and small geometric shapes that move through a center
purple ball. Solid-colored knobs with animal faces or the sun and moon imprinted on them
cap both ends of each orange rod. When shaken, the rods move through the ball and the
geometric shapes slide along each rod, making a "clacking" sound. The knobs are
green, yellow, blue and red. The Playskool logo is imprinted on one end knob and
"MADE IN CHINA" is imprinted on the center ball.
Toy and mass merchandise stores,
including Toys "R" Us and Wal- Mart, sold these toys from October 1997 through
September 2000 for about $8.
Parents and caregivers should take
the toy away from infants and young children immediately, and contact Playskool anytime at
(888) 671- 9764 or visit www.hasbro.com to receive a free, redesigned replacement toy.
The recalled products will be
replaced by a redesigned Klackeroo toy (model number 5542) which will feature a red center
ball with no sliding geometric shapes.
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