March 20, 2000
Maxim Enterprise Inc. and Zany Brainy Inc. Announces Recall of Wooden Pull Toy

Maxim Enterprise Inc., of Middleboro, Mass., and Zany Brainy Inc., of King of Prussia, Pa., are recalling about 4,900 wooden pull toys. The pull toy's wheels can break off and the bead can detach from the pull string, posing small parts choking hazards to young children. The firms have received a report of wheels coming off and a report of the bead detaching from the pull string. The detached bead was found in a child's mouth.

The toy is called the Wooden Pull Along Bead Coaster, which is written on the packaging. It is a flat, wooden platform with wooden wheels, and is about 10 inches long. On top of the platform are twisting, red and blue plastic wires threaded with multi-colored beads. The red pull string that attaches to the platform has a bead at the end. "BEAD COASTER" is printed on top of the wood platform of the toy in multicolor block letters. The pull toy was part of a toy box set from the "Childhood Classics Wooden Chest & Toy Collection." The other toys in the set included wood puzzles, a pounding bench and a block set. Zany Brainy stores nationwide sold the toy set from November 1999 through February 2000 for about $70.

Consumers should immediately take the pull toys away from children, and return them to any Zany Brainy store for a $15 refund. For more information, contact Maxim Enterprises at (888) 266-2946 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the Zany Brainy web site at