July 24, 2000
Gymboree Announces Recall of Plush Shape Sorters Toys

The Gymboree Corp., of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 19,000 plush shape sorter toys. The stuffing of the toys can contain sewing needles and sharp metal pieces. Young children could ingest or be cut by these sharp metal pieces. There has been one report of a part of a sewing needle in the stuffing of the plush shape sorter toy. After searching through its inventory, the firm found five additional plush shape sorter toys with sharp metal pieces.

The toy is a multi-colored, plush fabric sorter box with six shapes that rattle, crackle or squeak, and have a multi-pattern designs including, green with blue polk-a-dots, red and orange checks, and blue and green stripes. A label on the toy reads, "GYMBOREE" and "Made In China." Gymboree and Play & Music Stores, and the Gymboree web site sold the toys nationwide from November 1998 through April 2000 for about $20.

Stop using the toys immediately, and return it to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, contact Gymboree at (800) 222-7758 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Gymboree Corp.
700 Airport Bl
Burlingame, CA 94010
TEL: 650-579-0600