|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: Nychelle White
|May 1, 1997
|Release # 97-113
CPSC and The Mazel Co. Announce Teddy Bear Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Mazel Co. of Solon, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 835 Teddy Precious Indian girl and boy stuffed bears. The bears' Native American style clothing has beads on the headband and at the waist or neck. The beads can detach and young children can choke on the beads or inhale them into their lungs, which could lead to death.
CPSC is not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The light brown bears, measuring approximately 18 inches in length, each wear a brown vinyl dress or shirt and pants trimmed with Native American embroidery and a headband patterned with matching embroidery. A label sewn to each bear's foot reads, "Teddy Precious ." The bears each have a sewn-in tag that reads in part, "DANDEE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED...MADE IN CHINA." Some tags also include "SKU # 089318" (girl) or "SKU # 089334" (boy).
Independent discount and 50-Off stores sold the bears nationwide from July 1996 through December 1996 for about $13.
Consumers should take the bears away from young children immediately and return the bears to the store where purchased for a full refund or a replacement toy. For more information, consumers should call The Mazel Co.'s Customer Service Department at (800) 443-4789.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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