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CONSUMER AFFAIRS' BUREAU RECALLS TOYS

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Conran, director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, today announced that a major west coast merchandiser has voluntarily recalled two toys after the Department's Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation determined that the toys failed federal safety standards testing.
 MacFrugal's Inc., located in Dominguez Hills, agreed to withdraw the sale of "Baby Runner Ducks" and "Baby Runner Turtles" from its own stores, as well as from its two subsidiaries, Pic 'N' Save and West Coast Liquidators. MacFrugal's has distributed flyers to its customers notifying them that the toys may be returned for a full refund.
 Both items have a clear plastic dome which contains about a dozen very small, multicolored plastic beads. When the toys were subjected to tests developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the plastic dome shattered, allowing plastic beads to scatter. The beads are small enough to lodge in a young child's windpipe or lungs. Additionally, both toys have plastic wheels which broke off during the test and which are small enough to create a potential choking hazard.
 "Although the toys were advertised for use by children three years of age and older, tests determined that it was likely that they would be used by children much younger, as well," Conran said.
 MacFrugal's notified the bureau of its intent to destroy the recalled toys. "We are taking this action voluntarily as a public service," indicated MacFrugal's. "This action on our part does not imply that we either agree or disagree with your findings."
 "I applaud MacFrugal's voluntary cooperation with our department on this public safety issue," Conran said. "They obviously share our concern for the well-being of California's children."
 The investigation grew out of the department's pilot partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which began in late 1992. "The project is the result of Gov. Wilson's determination that our consumer protection activities respond to today's market issues," Conran observed.
 Consumers with questions about toy safety can call either the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation at 916-574-2040, or the consumer Product Safety Commission at 415-744-2966.
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 /CONTACT: Marty Keller of the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, 916-574-2040/


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