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CPSC, Learning Curve Int'l Inc. Announce Recall of Lamaze Activity Toys

Recall Date: March, 2003
Recall Closed by CPSC: March 2004
Note: Recall was associated with product shipped to the U.S. only. Product with a purple or yellow colored wire was not involved in the recall.

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Racing Champions Ertl/Learning Curve Intíl., Inc. (RCE/LCI), of Chicago, IL is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,800 childrenís activity toys. There are two types of activity toys involved in this recall. One toy is a flower shaped toy intended to attach to a stroller, with a green painted metal wire on which plastic beads slide along. The item is the Lamaze Flower Stroller Wrap (SKU #97222). The other toy is a floor-based toy with a foam stuffed base, a blue painted metal wire on which plastic beads and stuffed animal heads slide along. This item is the Lamaze Soft Bead Buddies (SKU #97325). Each item has a sewn-in label with the Lamaze logo on the front. These toys were sold in March 2003 through specialty and toy stores nationwide for around $19.99.

PROBLEM: The paint on the metal wires of these toys contain excess levels of lead. Lead poisoning is a serious hazard to children and is associated with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: RCE/LCI has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately take these toys away from infants and young children. Consumers should contact RCE/LCI for return and replacement instructions at (800) 704-8697 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.