CPSC Bans Toy Phonograph

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
January 14, 1977  
Release # 77-004
 

CPSC Bans Toy Phonograph

NEW YORK (Jan. 14) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of a toy phonograph which poses a possible electric shock hazard to the user.

The toy, "Teletone Model 54740 Phonograph" manufactured by Electronic Creations Co., Inc., Mt. Vernon, New York fails to comply with Federal regulations for electrically operated toys and is banned from sale.

Although no injuries associated with this product have been reported, the phonograph case split open during use and abuse testing by the Commission staff exposing the live parts of the mechanism. Additionally, the cord is not adequately secured to the unit and is shorter than the minimum required length of 5 feet.

The phonograph comes packaged in a cardboard box that has a picture of the phonograph and a blue, black and white label on the front which reads in part "Solid State Phonograph Teletone Caution- Electric Toy Not Recommended for Children Under 3 Years of Age **Model 54740** UL." The phonograph case is brown and white plaid and white pressboard.

The phonograph was distributed nationwide to department stores, toy stores, electronic stores and other retail outlets. It sold for about $20.95. Approximately 4,200 units are involved in the recall.

Electronic Creations Co., Inc. is voluntarily recalling the phonograph. Consumers should return it to the place of purchase or directly to the manufacturer at 444 South 9th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, New York 10550 for a full refund.

Electric toys are subject to regulation under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, which requires products banned to be repurchased by the manufacturer, distributor, or dealer.

The Commission learned of this product as the result of a nationwide electric toy survey it conducted late last year. The Commission's New York Area Office is monitoring the recall.