Cuddly Cousins Plush Insect Toy Recalled for Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Greenbrier International Inc. of Chesapeake, Virginia today announced a voluntary recall of some <"">plush children’s toys that pose a choking hazard. Consumers should stop using these recalled toys immediately unless otherwise instructed.

About 300,000 Cuddly Cousins Plush Insect Toys that were sold through the Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Virginia are being recalled because they contain small parts that could present a choking hazard to small children.  The toys sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores nationwide from March 2007 through December 2007 and for about $1.00 each.  Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Virginia is the importer of the toys being recalled.  No incidents or injuries have yet been reported.  The toys were manufactured in China.

The recalled plush insect toys come in six designs:  A Lady Bug, a Bumble Bee, a Caterpillar, a Snail, and two Butterflies. The toys all measure nine inches to 10 ½ inches in length.  The Cuddly Cousins Lady bug is black with six legs, a red back with four black dots, and orange eyelids. The Cuddly Cousins Bumble Bee is black and yellow with six legs, sheer white wings, and red eyelids.  The Cuddly Cousins Caterpillar has four sections that are yellow, pink, green, and orange with seven legs connected on each side and purple eyelids. The snail is yellow and has dark pink eyelids and a two-tone brown shell.  One Cuddly Cousins Butterfly is blue and yellow with sheer purple wings with four orange dots and light pink eyelids.  The other Cuddly Cousins Butterfly is a two-tone pink toy with blue eyelids and sheer green wings with four yellow dots.  The product number is 903995 and UPC is 6 39277 03995 8 with a date code of 71.

Consumers are advised to immediately take the recalled Cuddly Cousins Plush Insect Toys away from children and return the recalled toys to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.  Dollar Tree Stores Inc. can be reached at (800) 876-8077 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests, among other things:  Show children how to use toys.  Avoid toys with loose parts, sharp pieces, choking or strangulation hazards, or loud noises that can damage a child’s hearing.  Read labels and buy age-appropriate items.  Buy non-toxic products—crayons and markers have found their way on the hazardous items list.  Ensure toys and parts are larger than a child’s mouth, nose, and ears.  Soft toys should be washable, have secure seams and edges—small pellets can cause choking or suffocation.  No metal parts for a baby or toddler.  Small batteries are toxic and can cause choking.  Electric toys should be “UL Approved.”  Crib gyms and mobiles are not suitable for children who can push up.  Toy chests should have smooth, finished, nontoxic edges; sturdy lids that remain open in any position and with locking supports; safe hinges that do not pinch skin; and ventilation holes.

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