Dillon Importing Company Recalls Toy Jewelry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

January 31, 1994

(301) 504-7908

Release # 94-035

 

Dillon Importing Company Recalls Toy Jewelry

PRODUCT: Toy charm necklaces and bracelet, imported by Dillon Importing Company from China. The necklaces and bracelet are plastic colored figures or plastic square pieces with "charms" attached, strung on a piece of thin elastic. The jewelry was sold in retail chains, discount stores, catalog outlets, toy stores, and other outlets in 24 states from August 1992 through July 1993. The jewelry was sold without packaging, usually hanging from a store display rod or placed in open bins or baskets. The jewelry sold for about $1.00 each.

PROBLEM: When tested, CPSC found that small parts separated when the elastic band broke, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to take the toy jewelry away from young children immediately and return the jewelry to the place were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Dillon Importing Company at 1- 800-654-3696.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dillon Importing Company (Division of M G Novelty Co., Inc.), Oklahoma City, OK is voluntarily recalling two charm necklaces and one stretch bracelet. CPSC tested the jewelry and found that small parts separated when the elastic band broke, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

The 18-inch plastic necklaces (#16-791 and #16-1135) consist of small figures (bear, duck, butterfly, fish, cross, child, rabbit, dog, star, clown, flower) in assorted colors separated by white beads strung on a piece of thin elastic. The necklaces were sold without packaging, usually hanging from store display rods, or placed in open bins or buckets.

The 6-inch plastic stretch bracelet (#16-1133) consists of six square assorted pieces separated by two white beads with one colored charm attached to each square. The charms include a heart, cross, rabbit, and fish. The bracelet was also sold without packaging, usually hanging from store display rods or placed in open bins or buckets. Only the bracelets carries a label that reads, "MGNOV MADE IN CHINA."

The toy jewelry was imported by Dillon Importing Company from China and distributed in 24 states (Ohio, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Washington, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland) through retail chains, discount stores, catalog outlets, party stores, toy stores, flea markets, fund raisers, and premium offers.

Approximately 32,000 pieces of toy jewelry were distributed from August 1992 through July 1993 for approximately $1.00 each.

Consumers are urged to take the toy jewelry away from young children immediately and return the jewelry to the place where purchased for a full refund. Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Dillon Importing Company toll-free at 1-800-654-3696.

Neither CPSC nor Dillon Importing Company is aware of any injuries involving these toys. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

CPSC is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.