May 1, 1997

The Mazel Co. Announces Teddy Bear Recall

The Mazel Co. of Solon, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 835 Teddy Precious Indian girl and boy stuffed bears. The bears' Native American style clothing has beads on the headband and at the waist or neck. The beads can detach and young children can choke on the beads or inhale them into their lungs, which could lead to death.

The light brown bears, measuring approximately 18 inches in length, each wear a brown vinyl dress or shirt and pants trimmed with Native American embroidery and a headband patterned with matching embroidery. A label sewn to each bear's foot reads, "Teddy Precious ." The bears each have a sewn-in tag that reads in part, "DANDEE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED...MADE IN CHINA." Some tags also include "SKU # 089318" (girl) or "SKU # 089334" (boy). Independent discount and 50-Off stores sold the bears nationwide from July 1996 through December 1996 for about $13.

Consumers should take the bears away from young children immediately and return the bears to the store where purchased for a full refund or a replacement toy. For more information, consumers should call The Mazel Co.'s Customer Service Department at (800) 443-4789.