August 4, 2003    


HearthSong Announces Recall of "Happyvillagers" Toy Sets


Name of Product: Happyvillagers Toy Sets


Units: 3,250 sets (12 villagers per set)


Manufacturer: HearthSong, of Madison, Va.


Hazard: The head can detach from the body of the villagers, posing a choking hazard to young children.


Description: The Happyvillagers are made with birchwood and painted with various villager images. The sets were sold separately with 12 villagers per set and as a part of the Happyville Special set that included a set of 35 Happyville Blocks. Only the Happyvillagers are included in the recall.


Sold At: HearthSong sold the toy trucks through their catalog and Web site from Sept. 30, 2002 through March 11, 2003 for about $15.


Manufactured In: China


Remedy: Consumers should take the Happyvillagers away from young children immediately and return to HearthSong for a full refund including the cost of postage. Send the Happyvillagers to HearthSong, Attn: Returns, 3700 Wyse Road, Dayton, OH 45414-2541.


Consumer Contact: Call toll-free at (888) 623-6557 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.


Media Contact: Ms. Linda DeRose-Droubay at (540) 948-7353