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Baby Rattles, Animals, Jumpers Recalled

September 14, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Stuffed-animal mobiles implicated in the death of a 15-month-old baby are being recalled, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported today.

The commission said some windmill rattles imported from Italy also are being recalled because of potential choking danger.

The animal mobiles are being recalled by Calderon Company of Locust Valley, N.Y., the commission said.

The animals are attached to a 26-inch nylon cord which can be strung across a crib, raising the potential for a baby to become entangled and to strangle, the agency said.

It reported that a Pennsylvania boy died in such an incident last year. In that case, a label warning that the toy was not recommended for children under age 3 had been removed, the commission said.

The mobiles come in several models featuring various animals, including toucans, giraffes, pelicans, elephants, ducks and penguins and they carry the label Calderon Co.,Inc.

About 16,000 of the mobiles were imported from Taiwan and sold nationwide since 1979, the commission said. They cost about $10 each.

Consumers were advised to remove the mobiles from use by children and remove and cut the nylon cord and springs attached to the animals. Send the detached cord and springs to Calderon Co., 480 Forest Ave., Locust Valley, N.Y., 11560. The company will replace the mobiles with a plush toy, the commission said.

There have been no injuries reported in the case of the windmill rattles, the commission said, but it sought the recall because of the potential for children to choke on them.

About 61,000 of the rattles have been sold at about $2.95 each. They consist of a rattle with four balls attached to a hub which spins on a shaft. Each ball contains two plastic pellets which make noise as they spin.

The rattle hub is labeled Made in Italy and an attached suction cup is labeled Chicco. They were sold in a box labeled Spinning Windmill Rattle, Model 61722, Artsana S.P.A., Made in Italy.

Parents should remove the rattles from children and return them to the store where purchased for a refund, the commission said.

Persons needing more information on either recall can contact the commission at 800-638-2772.

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