|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2000
Release # 00-171
|Fazoli's Recall Hotline: (877) 401-7408
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
Fazoli's Media Contact: Charlie Lousignont, (859) 268-1668
CPSC, Fazoli's Announce Recall of Toys Included with Kids Meals
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fazoli's Management Inc., is voluntarily recalling about 310,000 Pasta Pals toys included with Fazoli's Kids Meals. The toy is a plastic, barrel-shaped container with small, plastic tomato and ravioli figures inside. The bottom of the container can fit over a child's nose and mouth, which could pose a suffocation hazard to children under 3 years of age.
Fazoli's has received one report of a child putting the container over his mouth. No injuries have been reported.
The Pasta Pals toy's blue container measures about 2.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep. Inside are three red tomato figures and three yellow ravioli figures. Children can empty the figures out of the container and link them to form a chain. "FAZOLI'S ITALIAN FOOD...FAST" is imprinted onto the top of the barrel. "(c)2000Fazoli's Management, Inc." and "Made in China" are imprinted into the bottom of the barrel. Fazoli's restaurants nationwide included the Pasta Pals toys with Fazoli's Kids Meals from January 2000 through August 2000.
Consumers should immediately take the barrel-shaped container away from young children. Discard the container or return it to any Fazoli's restaurant for a free Italian Lemon Ice. For more information, consumers can call Fazoli's toll-free at (877) 401-7408 anytime or visit the firm's web site at http://www.fazolis.com/recall.html.
Consumers can also view a video clip about this recall (transcript). This is in "streaming video" format.
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