"This is a precautionary announcement," said Scott Wolfson, director of communications at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). "This toy is not in compliance with a federal standard, but we do not want parents to think that the noise this toy makes is going to cause immediate hearing loss or long-term damage to a child."
Fred Meyer only sold about 1,000 of these dancing chicks in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska between February and March. Parents are advised to stop using the toy and return it for a full refund.
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The recalled toys were made in China and have a sewn-on label that reads: "DanDee Collector's Choice."
The CPSC commended Fred Meyer for spotting the potential problem and acting on it.
"This is a case where the company is being proactive to make sure children are safe and that's a positive for families and children," Wolfson said.
The CPSC wants parents to know that this does not represent a new wave of toy recalls because of noise. In fact, Wolfson told me, this is the first such recall.
_ Herb Weisbaum is The ConsumerMan. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter or visit The ConsumerMan website.