Gund Baby Book Poses Choking Hazard

Gund of Edison, New Jersey is recalling its <"">Gund Baby Paperboard Books—about 15,100 in the United States and 865 in Canada—the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced.

The Styrofoam used to fill the book binding can detach, posing a choking/aspiration hazard to infants and young children. To date, Gund has received three reports of children mouthing the Styrofoam that detached from the books. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves three miniature children’s paperboard books with plastic handles designed as baby rattles, which include “Animals” (item number 059174), “Numbers” (item number 059175), and “Colors” (item number 059176). The books were also sold as a three-book set (item number 059173). The name “Gund” and the item number are located on the back of the books.

The books, which were manufactured in China, measure 4 1/2 inches by 7 inches, and were sold at gift and specialty stores nationwide from January 2009 through March 2010 for about $8 and $20 for the set. Of note, China is a country long associated with recalled children’s toys and products, consumer products, food, and medications, to name some.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the books away from young children and contact Gund for a free replacement product. Gund can be reached toll-free at 1-800-436-3726 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at

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