Children's counting book recalled because of potential choking hazard

Tuesday, February 12th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Disney Press is recalling about 5,180 children's books because they come with a counting toy that contains five plastic beads capable of coming loose and posing a choking hazard.

Disney Children's Book Group LLC of New York, also known as Disney Press, has received a report of a 15-month-old boy who broke a bead from the book cover and placed it in his mouth, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday. The child was not injured.

The recalled Zowie's 123 book is a 12-page white board book that measures 6.5-inches by 6.5-inches, with a yellow plastic abacus-like toy attached to the back.

The book is based on the Rolie, Polie, Olie television series and depicts the Zowie character on its cover. The book has the ISBN code number 078683307-6 on the back in the bottom corner.

Bookstores had sold the recalled books since last month at about $7 each.

The safety commission said consumers should take the books away from young children and return the books to Disney Press for a full refund. For information on returning the book, contact the company toll-free at 1-866-203-8070.