October, 31 2001
Sassy Recalls to Replace Rattles
- Sassy Inc. is recalling
to replace about
455,000 soft rattles. The sewn-on, spherical shaped fabric eyes on the
rattles can detach, posing a choking hazard to small children.
Sassy has received 129 reports of eyes detaching from the rattles, including
some incidents in which eyes were found in children's mouths. One of these
children started to choke on a detached eye and a parent used the Heimlich
maneuver to remove the eye.
The rattles involved in the recall include:
"Lily Pad Rattle"; A green frog with four plastic legs and a multi-colored
"Bitty Kity Rattle" A clear, plastic tube filled with beads connects a
purple, cat-like face to a purple ball. Three plastic pieces encircle the
plastic tube and make a rattle sound when shaken.
"This Little Piggy Rattle"; A pink pig-like face is connected to a green
ball by a yellow and pink arm and a blue arm. Beads inside the green ball
make a rattle sound when shaken.
"Goo Goo Goldfish" A multi-colored fish with pink lips, an orange fin, and a
clear, plastic tube that connects the head to the tail. Beads inside the
tube make a rattle sound when shaken.
"Smoochie Poochie Rattle" A blue, puppy-like face with green spotted ears is
connected to a blue and green spotted body. Five plastic pieces encircle the
body and make a rattle sound when shaken.
"Crinkly Crown Dragon Rattle" A green dragon with a scaled, curved tail.
Three blue ridges protrude from the dragon's back.
A caretag attached to the head of each rattle reads in part, "Sassy" and
"1999 Made in China." Rattles with the same appearance but embroidered eyes
are not involved in this recall.
Toy and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these rattles from August
1999 through mid-October 2001 for about $5.
Consumers should immediately take these toys away from young children and
return them to Sassy to receive a free replacement toy. Consumers should
call Sassy at (800) 781-1080 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through
Friday for information on how to receive the replacement toy. Consumers also
can visit the firm's website at www.sassybaby.com.