|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|October 11, 1988
|Release # 88-083
K Mart Recalls Squeeze Toys & Telephone Rattles
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- K Mart Corporation of Troy, Michigan, is voluntarily recalling an estimated 81,000 "Baby's First Squeeze Toys" and an estimated 75, 000 "Baby's First Playball" squeeze toys, which sold for less than $1.00 at K Mart stores since November 1987 and also an estimated 33,000 plastic "Telephone Receiver Rattles" which sold for less than $2 stores since December, 1987.
Consumers should immediately take the squeeze toys and rattles away from infants and return them to any K Mart store for a full refund of the purchase price.
The squeakers in the squeeze toys may come out and could present a potential choking hazard to children under three years of age. The "Baby's First Squeeze Toys" came in three shapes: a telephone receiver, a barbell, and a dumbbell. The package was labeled "Baby's First Squeeze Toys", product code "#28-17-93." The playball squeeze toys came in the form of a baseball, a basketball, and a soccer ball. The package was labeled "Baby's First Playball," product code "#28-17-96."
The rattles are shaped like a telephone receiver. They may break and produce plastic pieces and beads, which could present a choking hazard and may cut infants. The package was labeled "Plastic Telephone Receiver Rattle," product code "#28-17-86."
U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission identified the rattles and squeeze toys during their joint surveillance program at the ports of Charleston, Dallas and Savannah.
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