November 28, 2001
Toy Direct Recalls Zapper Toys
- Manley Toy Direct
about 15,800 Zapper toys. The balloon tongues and the cylinders holding the
tongues on these toys can detach, posing a choking and aspiration hazard to
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. Additionally, eight firms
recalled about 835,000 Zapper toys on March 19, 2001.
The vinyl Zapper toys are about 2- to 3-inches long, and come in the shape
of various animals including frogs, dinosaurs and snakes. 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.
Arcades, amusement parks and carnivals sold and distributed these toys from
January 2000 through August 2001. They were sold for about $1.
Consumers should immediately take these toys away from young children and
return the toy to the place of purchase for a refund, or throw them away.
For more information, contact Manley Toy Direct at (800) 767-9998 between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday to Friday, or go to the firm's web site at