Animal Voices Musical Toys Recalled Because of Choking Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
February 26, 1987  
Release # 87-013
 

Animal Voices Musical Toys Recalled Because of Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Toys-R-Us, Rochelle Park, New Jersey is recalling Animal Voices Musical Toys, Model 670508B, because they have small parts which are a choking hazard. Tests conducted by CPSC show that when the toys are dropped, the metal noisemakers and springs, which are small parts, detach.

To meet CPSC safety requirements, toys intended for children younger than 3 years old must not have any small parts.

The Animal Voices Musical Toys are cardboard cylinders measuring l-3/4 inches long by l-5/8 inches in diameter. One end of the cylinder is metal with holes in it. The other end is covered with green paper with the word, "TAIWAN", printed on it in several places. Pictures of animals are printed on the side of the cylinder. When the cylinder is tilted it makes a noise like a baby animal. The Animal Voices Musical Toys are packaged,in pairs on a pink card labeled "RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6 MONTHS AND UP 2 PC ANIMAL VOICES 1986 SUMMCO INTERNATIONAL LTD., P.O. BOX 96-306 TAIPEI, TAIWAN DISTRIBUTED BY LASH DISTRIBUTORS, ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. 07662 NO. 670508 * * *".

Approximately 56,500 of these toys, which were imported from Taiwan, were sold nationwide through Toys-R-Us stores from April, 1985 to December, 1986 for approximately $1.48. Although the CPSC and Toys-R-Us have not received reports of any injuries or deaths involving this toy, consumers should take these toys away from children and return them to any Toys-R-Us store for full refund of the purchase price.

Anyone wishing additional information may call Toys-R-Us at 201-368-5433 or CPSC toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.