August 5, 1997

Gymboree Corp. Announces Recall of Children's Umbrellas

Gymboree Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,500 children's umbrellas that have surface coating decorations with high levels of lead. This violates the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act. In addition, about 700 similarly decorated beach and golf umbrellas are being recalled. Ingestion of high levels of lead can present a risk of lead poisoning to young children. Lead poisoning in children is associated with behavior problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation.

The Gymboree umbrellas come in "kid-sized" compact, golf and beach varieties, and are multi-colored with polka dot, stripe and checkered square panels alternating with solid color panels. The kid-sized compact umbrella has a clown on the purple panel. Model numbers do not appear on the umbrellas, but are on the price tag. The child's umbrella has model number 27000033, the golf umbrella has model number 27000025 and the beach umbrella has model number 27000041. Gymboree stores sold the umbrellas nationwide from September 1996 through May 1997 for about $12 to $30, depending on the model.

Consumers should take these umbrellas away from children immediately and return them to any Gymboree store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Gymboree at (800) 558-9885 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.