September 10, 2008

IMPORTANT: Haba recalls 18K infant toys

Haba importer Habermaass Corp., Skaneateles, N.Y., is recalling 118,000 wooden puzzles, infant rattles, pacifier holders and stroller toys because of potential choking hazards.The recalled products, all infant toys, contain small pieces, including glued on mirrors and/or prisms, that can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Habermaass has received 15 reports of incidents involving the recalled products, including pieces of the rattles detaching and being mouthed by young children. They are:

Triolino Puzzle: Lady bug puzzle is 7 inches x ½ inch thick

• Lucy Clutching Toy (rattle): Hearts have mirrors and prisms. The rattle is about 4 inches in diameter.

• Little Heart Clutching Toy (rattle): Heart has mirror. The rattle is about 3½ inches in diameter.

• Pixie’s World (rattle): 2½ inch rattle with mushroom, flower, person and house with mirror.• Belinda Clutching Toy (rattle): Flower clutching toy has face in the middle. The rattle is about 4 inches in diameter.

• Miro Clutching Toy (rattle): Rattle center contains blue plastic ball with 10 holes. The rattle is about 3½ inches in diameter.

• Bunny Pacifier Holder: Pacifier holder is 8.6 inches long with fabric bunny on the end and wooden star with mirror in the middle.

• Bear Pacifier Holder: Pacifier holder is 8.6 inches long with bear at the end and wooden circle with mirror in the middle.

• Bonita (rattle): 2½ inch bouquet of four shapes on wooden ring.

• Bella (rattle): 3 inch diameter with four wooden hearts with two mirrors.

• Pirate Joe (rattle): 4 inch pirate theme with bell and mirror.• Rally (rattle): 4 inch triangle shape with three cars.

• Flori (rattle): Six petal shapes on elastic band. Includes three mirrors & three bells. 5 inches

• Triola (rattle): 4 inch triangle with two flowers and round corner.

• Trio (rattle): 4 inch triangle shape with squeaker, bell and mirror.

• Speedy (rattle): Wooden car about 4½ inches long by 3 inches high. Squeaker in back and mirror on car hood.

• Little Hearts Stroller Toy: 18 inch pram-chain with ten various size wooden hearts.

• Discovery Balls, set of 4: Set contains one orange, one red, one blue and one bi-color blue/yellow ball. The red ball contains three small mirrors.

• Discovery Ball with Rattle: Blue/yellow round wooden ball with small mirror.

All of the products being recalled have “Haba” printed on them. They were made in Germany. They were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide and at specialty online retailers from January 2002 through August 2008 for between $10 and $35.

Consumers should contact Habermaass to receive a free replacement product or a full refund. The company can be reached at (800) 468-6873 ext. 107 or

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