July 23, 2001         

Inca Imports Announces Recall of Stuffed Bears


Inca Imports, of Denver, Colo., is voluntarily recalling about 2,600 stuffed bears. The noses, bells, and eyes of the bears can detach, presenting a choking hazard to young children. The eyes also present a sharp point hazard.

The recalled bears come in three sizes: small (8 1/2"), medium (12") and large (17"). The recalled bears have plastic eyes and noses, and red ribbon bows with bells. They are made of alpaca fur. The bears have a small sticker on the backside of the ribbon, which reads in part, "Made in Peru." Stores in tourist areas throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas sold the bears from July 1997 through February 2001 for between $20 to $50.

Consumers should take these stuffed bears away from young children immediately and return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can call Inca Imports toll-free at (800) 279-4040 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or write to Don Donahue, Inca Imports 451 E. 58th Ave, P.O. Box 132, Denver, CO 80216.