December 16, 1999Banned Parts Prompt Recall of Certain Selecta Wooden Toys by
Käthe Kruse Doll Co.
Troy, NY (SafetyAlerts) - Käthe Kruse Doll Co.
is recalling about 2,400 Selecta wooden toys. The balls included with these toys are
banned because they present a serious risk of choking deaths to young children.
Käthe Kruse Doll Co. are not aware
of any injuries involving the small balls contained in these toys. This recall is being
conducted to prevent possible injuries.
The Selecta brand toys being recalled
are the"Quatrino" wooden shape sorter toys, "Sorting Box" shape sorter
toys, "Favola" shape sorter toys, and "Kugelbaun" ball chute toys. The
Selecta Quatrino wooden shape sorter toy has eight sides. There are shapes cut out of the
top of the toy for inserting various wooden shaped pieces, including the two small balls.
Four brightly colored doors on the side of the toy slide up to open the storage area for
the wooden pieces. A sticker on one side of the toy shows a bee, and "with
beeswax" is written on the sticker it in various languages.
The Selecta Sorting Box wooden shape
sorter toy has four sides. There are shapes cut out of the top of the toy for inserting
various wooden-shaped pieces, including two small balls. A brightly colored door on the
top of the toy slides out to open the storage area for the wooden pieces, including the
two small balls. A sticker on the toy reads, "Selecta Spieizeug," and "Made
The Selecta Favola wooden shape
sorter toy resembles a medieval castle with four sides and four cylindrical turrets. There
is a wooden panel near the top of the toy that opens horizontally, allowing access to
shape cut-outs for inserting various wooden pieces, including two small balls. A sticker
on the bottom of the toy shows a bee, and "with beeswax" is written in various
The Selecta Kugelbaum wooden ball
chute is a toy consisting of a series of four chutes attached to each other in an angled
position designed to allow the two small balls included with the toy to descend, sound a
number of bells that are attached to the chutes along the way. The toy includes a wooden
painted clown attached to the center of the top chute. The "Selecta" brand logo
appears on the front of the base of the toy.
Toy stores and web sites sold these
toys from January 1997 through November 1999 for $30 to $80.
Consumers should take these toys away
from young children immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a
refund. Consumers who purchased the toys from a web site should contact the web site to
make arrangements for returning the toys for a refund. For more information, consumers
should call Käthe Kruse Doll Co. at (800) 932-7141 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday
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