March 19, 20018 Firms Recall 835,000 Zapper
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- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), eight firms are
voluntarily recalling about 835,000 Zapper toys. The balloon tongues and the cylinders
holding the tongues on these toys can detach, posing a choking and aspiration hazard to
The following firms distributed these
toys: Bonita Marie International Inc., of Manasquan, N.J.; Dillon Importing Co., of
Oklahoma City, Okla.; Oriental Trading Co. Inc., of Omaha, Neb.; Play By Play Toys &
Novelties Inc., of San Antonio, Texas; Rhode Island Novelty, of Johnston, R.I.; Sherman
Specialty Co. Inc., of Merrick, N.Y.; Toy Investment Inc., of Kent, Wash.; and U.S. Toy
Co. Inc., of Grandview, Mo.
The vinyl Zapper toys are about 2- to
3-inches long, and come in 12 different styles: smiley face, globe with glasses, troll,
bumble bee, lion, bear, tiger, raspberry face, fish, frog, snake, and lizard. When the toy
is squeezed, the balloon tongue attached to its mouth inflates or rolls out.
"CHINA" or "MADE IN CHINA" is molded into the toy.
Toy stores, doctor and dentist
offices, and carnivals and circuses sold and distributed these toys from October 1998
through March 2001. They were sold for about $1.
The Promotional Resources Group of
Companies Inc., of Topeka, Kan., previously recalled about
105,000 Bug Zapper toys on June 6, 2000.
That company received a report of a 3-year-old
boy who inhaled a balloon tongue that detached from a Zapper toy into his sinus cavity. He
required medical treatment to remove the part from his nose.
recalled: On November 28, 2001 Manley Toy Direct recalls about
about 15,800 Zapper
Consumers should immediately take
these toys away from young children and take them back to where they were purchased for a
refund, or throw them away. If consumers have questions, call CPSC at (800) 638- 2772
anytime. To see other toy
related recalls click here.
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