November 28, 2001
Rite Children's Group Inc., of Lexington, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about
109,000 pairs of Munchkin T-Strap girls' shoes. The buckle on these shoes can
break, posing a choking hazard for young children. Stride Rite Children's Group
has received four reports of the buckle breaking, and one report of a child
putting a broken piece of the buckle in her mouth and starting to choke. Shoe,
department and Stride Rite Outlet stores nationwide sold these shoes from
January 2001 through September 2001 for about $25.
The Munchkin T-Strap girls' shoes were sold in children's sizes 4 through 12. They have a strap that is fastened by a metal buckle on the side of the shoe. The word "MUNCHKIN" is molded into the bottom of the shoe. The shoes have the following style numbers written inside the shoe below the words "Made in China."
3182011 (Brown Suede)
3182029 (Black Leather)
3182037 (Red Leather)
3182045 (Navy Leather)
3182052 (White Leather)
3182094 (Black Patent)
Consumers should take the shoes away from their children immediately and return the shoes to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement shoes. For more information, call Stride Rite at (800) 650- 7708 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to the company's web site at http://www.strideritecorp.com/recall/default.asp.