Industry News | July 31, 2001

Burger King and Recalls Kids Meal Toys

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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Burger King Corporation, of Miami, Fla., and Alcone Marketing Group, of Irvine, Calif., are recalling a combined total of 2.6 million "Hourglass Space Sprout'' and "Look for Me Bumblebee'' toddler toys. The toys can break causing small beads or balls to be released, which poses a choking or aspiration hazard to young children. The toys were distributed in Burger King® Kids Meals for children under three years old.

Burger King Corporation has received 18 reports of the toys breaking. There are six incidents where children had the balls or beads in their mouth, but no injuries were reported.

The "Hourglass Space Sprout'' is a multi-colored toy with a green, smiling head; a clear hourglass, filled with beads; and two red balls with yellow spots as arms. The "Look for Me Bumblebee'' has a purple base with a green leaf, a yellow head, and three rings that fit over the head. When the recalled toys are shaken the beads inside make a rattle sound. On the back of the toys are the words, "Sassy®,'' "Burger King(TM),'' and "MADE IN CHINA.'' The packaging says, "Toddler Toys For Kids Under Three Years Old.''

Burger King® restaurants nationwide distributed the toys inside Kids Meals from January 2001 through July 2001. Alcone Marketing Group imported the toys for Burger King Corporation.

Parents should immediately take the toys away from children and call (800) 661-9173 for instructions on returning the toy for a free, replacement toy. Information also is available at Burger King Corporation's web site at www.burgerking.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product- related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. For information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/103.html. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number 01-209. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov .

For photos of the ``Hourglass Space Sprout'' and ``Look for Me Bumblebee'' toddler toys, please visit the CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov .