June 12, 1997

IKEA Announces Recall of Stuffed Animals

IKEA of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is recalling about 8,000 stuffed animals. The stuffed animals' eyes can become detached, presenting a choking hazard to young children.

There are 12 types of stuffed animals involved in this recall: a large penguin (model no. 97210280), a moose (model no. 27217770), a bear (model no. 97192870), a dolphin neckpillow and a bear neckpillow (both with model no. 29311596), a large cat (model no. 37211230), a small cat (model no. 17211330), and a dog, a monkey, a cow, a small penguin, and a hippopotamus (all with model no. 27204796). The stuffed animals have sewn-on tags that display the model number and are also labeled in part, "IKEA...Made in India." IKEA stores nationwide sold the stuffed animals from January 1997 through May 1997 for between $3 and $15.

Consumers should take these stuffed animals away from young children immediately and return them to the nearest IKEA store for a full refund or exchange for another soft toy. For more information about this recall, consumers should call IKEA at (800) 455-IKEA between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Sunday.