|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2010
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 436-3726
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983
Gund Recalls to Replace Baby Books Due to Choking Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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: Gund Baby Paperboard Books
Units: About 15,100 in the United States and 865 in Canada
Importer: Gund, of Edison, N.J.
Hazard: The foam used to fill the book binding can detach, posing a choking/aspiration hazard to infants and young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Gund has received three reports of children mouthing the foam that detached from the books. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves three miniature children's paperboard books with plastic handles designed as baby rattles. They include "Animals" (item number 059174), "Numbers" (item number 059175) and "Colors" (item number 059176). The books were also sold as a three-book set (item number 059173). The name "Gund" and the item number are located on the back of the books. The books measure 4 1/2 inches by 7 inches.
Sold at: Gift and specialty stores nationwide from January 2009 through March 2010 for about $8 and $20 for the set.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the books away from young children and contact Gund for a free replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gund at (800) 436-3726 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.gund.com
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1008
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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