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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 1999

Release # 99-142
CPSC: Nychelle Fleming(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
Reebok Contact: Dave Fogelson
(781) 401-7792

CPSC, Reebok Announce Recall of Children's Side Zip Sneakers

CPSC, Reebok Announce Recall of Children's Side Zip SneakersWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Reebok International Ltd., of Stoughton, Mass., is recalling about 140,000 children's side zip sneakers. The sneaker's side pocket has a pull tab on the zipper that can be twisted off, presenting a choking and ingestion hazard to children.

CPSC and Reebok are not aware of any injuries from these sneakers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The sneakers being recalled are the Reebok Classic Leather Zip, sold in toddler and child sizes up to size 9. Each sneaker has a small zippered pocket on the side. The zipper's pull tab is imprinted with the Reebok name and logo. When unzipped, the Reebok name and logo appear. "Reebok Classic" is on the front of the sneaker's tongue. The sneakers are made in Indonesia and China. The sneakers come in the following colors and styles. The style number is on the back of the sneaker's tongue, just below the "RA" number.

Toddler sizes

Child sizes

Style
number

Color

Style
number

Color

81-46353 White/gold 71-46351 White/gold
81-46354 Black/gold 71-46352 Black/gold
81-46395 White/green 71-46394 White/green
81-47286 White/copper 71-47282 White/copper
81-47287 Black/copper 71-47283 Black/copper
81-47288 White/blue 71-47284 White/blue
81-47289 Black/blue 71-47285 Black/blue
81-48115 White/silver 71-47438 White/silver
81-48116 Black/silver 71-47439 Black/silver
71-49204 White/garnet

Family shoe, children's shoe, athletic and sporting goods stores nationwide sold the sneakers from September 1998 through June 1999 for about $32 to $40.

Consumers should take the sneakers away from their children immediately and return the sneakers to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Reebok at (800) 648-5550 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or visit their web site at www.reebok.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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