WASHINGTON (AP) _ The government is recalling about 49,000 computer mouse sets for children because the mouse ball can separate and pose a choking hazard.

The recalled Cozy Coupe Computer Mouse was distributed by KB Gear under license from Little Tikes Co., of Hudson, Ohio, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

KB Gear went out of business this month, but Little Tikes is encouraging consumers who own the computer mouse to destroy the product.

The government has received a report of a 2-year-old girl who placed the mouse ball in her mouth, the agency said. Her parents were able to take the ball away before she was hurt.

The recalled product is a functional computer mouse, shaped like a red and yellow toy car. A sticker shaped like a license plate on the back of the car says ``Cool Car.''

The computer mouse set also includes two software packages for children: ``Junior Net'' and ``Jump Start Preschool.''

Stores and Internet retailers sold the computer mouse sets from September 1999 to August 2001 for between $5 and $20.

The government said consumers should take the computer mouse away from children and contact Little Tikes at 1-800-321-0183 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday to obtain a $10 coupon toward a Little Tikes product.


On the Net:

Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov

Little Tikes: http://www.littletikes.com