July 2, 2001Chicco USA Inc. Announces Recall
of Preschool Toys
Bound Brook, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - Chicco USA Inc. is
voluntarily recalling about 6,000 Build-A-Ball preschool toys. The Build-A-Ball toy
consists of five multi-colored and various-sized plastic balls that can be taken apart to
be stacked on top of each other or placed inside each other. Some of the larger-sized ball
halves can become stuck on a young child's face, covering the nose and mouth, and causing
CPSC received a report of a 2-year-old boy who had a ball-half stuck on his face, covering
his nose and mouth. A nearby adult was able to pull the toy from his face. No injury to
the child was reported.
The five balls in the toy set range in size from about 2-inches to 4-inches in diameter.
One-half of the balls are white, green, blue, red or yellow, and the other half is clear.
"chicco" is written inside the balls. The balls are packaged in a box labeled
"chicco," "Build-a-Ball," "Cod. 66167," and "Made in
China." The packaging also indicated the toy is for children ages 1-3 years or 1-4
years. The text on the packaging is written in 11 languages.
Amazon.com, Army & Air Force Exchanges and other toy stores nationwide sold these toys
from January 1999 through April 2001 for about $6.
Parents and caregivers should take these balls away from young children immediately and
return the toys to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers
should call Chicco USA Inc., toll-free at (866) 242-0643 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's web site www.chiccousa.com.
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