|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 986-1619
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Baby Cookie Monster Toys Sold with DVD at Wal-Mart Recalled for Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Baby Cookie Monster Plush Toys
Manufacturer: The Betesh Group of New York, NY
Distributor: Sesame Workshop, of New York, NY
Hazard: The small felt fabric cookie attached to the plush toy's hand can be removed easily and ingested by young children, posing a choking hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: No injuries or incidents have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Baby Cookie Monster plush toy packaged with certain Sesame Beginnings Make Music Together DVDs. The blue plush toy has a small, felt fabric cookie attached to its hand. The plush toy and DVD are packaged in a yellow and green box with the words "Sesame Beginnings" and "Make Music Together" printed on the front. The product is labeled for children ages 6 months and up.
Sold: Exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from March 2006 to July 2006 for about $15.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Using scissors, consumers should immediately remove the felt cookie and its connecting thread from the plush toy. Once detached, the felt cookie and thread should be disposed of immediately.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sesame Workshop at (800) 986-1619 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Sesame Workshop's Web site at www.sesameworkshop.org/recall
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
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