March 22, 2000Precious Keepsakes Silver
Plated "New Baby" Rattle Recalled
Oakland, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Russ Berrie & Co. Inc. is voluntarily
recalling about 13,400 rattles. The shape and size of the rattle's handle allow it to
become lodged in the throats of babies, posing a choking hazard. The rattles violate the
Federal Hazardous Substances Act for the design and construction of baby rattles.
CPSC and Russ Berrie are not aware of any incidents or injuries involving these rattles.
This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The Precious KeepsakesTM silver-plated "New Baby" rattle is 6 inches long and
consists of a spinning ball on top of an ornate handle, which includes a small bear and a
bow. The rattle was sold as item number 10399. The item number appears on the product
packaging. A silver tag attached to the rattle with a ribbon reads "NEW BABY."
Specialty and drug stores, and flower and gift shops nationwide sold these rattles from
November 1998 through December 1999 for about $14.
Consumers should take these rattles away from babies immediately, and return them to the
store where purchased for a refund.
For more information, contact Russ
Berrie & Co. at (800) 272-7877 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or
write to Russ Berrie & Co. Inc., Attn: Customer Service Dept., 111 Bauer Drive,
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