RC2 Voluntarily Recalls Two Styles of 3-in-1 Flush & Sounds Potty Training Seats



    
    Free transparent protective cover available to consumers for in-home
    application to plaque on the chair back
    

    OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 6 /CNW/ -- RC2 Corporation (Nasdaq:   RCRC) today
announced that it is voluntarily recalling two styles of The First Years(R)
3-in-1 Flush & Sounds Potty training seats due to the discovery of excess
levels of lead in surface paint on 5-inch rectangular plaques inserted into
the backs of the training seats.  Approximately 123,000 plaques were used in
potty training seats sold to U.S. and Canadian mass and specialty retailers
between April 2006 and August 2007. Approximately 37,000 additional plaques
were not used in training seats and have been quarantined by the company.
There have been no reports of illness or injury related to the plaques.
    Working closely with the CPSC, RC2 determined that the potential safety
issue can be readily corrected in the home with a clear protective cover
available free-of-charge from the company.  The easily-applied protective
cover is a permanent solution that eliminates a child's access to the plaque.
There is no need to return the recalled potty training seat to the company,
and the potty training seat can continue to be used. Until the protective
cover arrives, consumers should keep the seat away from young children when
not in use.  Instructions for ordering a protective cover are available on the
company's website, http://www.recalls.rc2.com, or assistance is available by
calling the RC2 Consumer Care Center at (866) 725-4407 toll free.
    "We sincerely apologize for the worry this recall may cause parents and
caregivers, but know that child safety must always be our single most
important priority," said Curt Stoelting, chief executive officer of RC2 Corp.
"Throughout the summer RC2 has worked very hard to establish new safeguards as
part of our new Multi-Check Safety System. Today, all of RC2's contract
manufacturers are fully engaged and implementing the Multi-Check's expanded
testing program and paint control procedures along with several other
preventative measures. Unfortunately, the plaques that prompted this recall
were produced several months before the Multi-Check System was implemented."
    Each potty training seat assembly has either a yellow chair with a green
removable seat and a purple lift-out pot or a blue chair with a white
removable seat and green lift-out pot.  The potty makes flushing sounds and
says words of encouragement when the handle on the side of the seat is pushed
down.  The plaque, picturing the "100 Acre Wood" from the Winnie the Pooh
story, is molded on the chair back.  The affected plaques were produced
between December 2005 and March 2006 by a contract manufacturer in China and
contain the Tigger character, which is painted with an orange color that may
contain excess levels of lead. The contract manufacturer that produced these
plaques is no longer making products for RC2.
    Discovered during on-going product testing, results from an independent
third-party testing laboratory indicated excess levels of lead in surface
paint on a sample plaque. While many of the plaques conform to safety
standards, testing as part of a subsequent internal investigation verified
excess lead levels on plaques from three tracking codes.
    Complete recall information, including full color photos of the affected
products, is available on RC2's recall website, http://www.recalls.rc2.com, or
from RC2's Consumer Care Center, which can be reached toll-free at
(866)725-4407.  As part of its public outreach efforts, RC2 is notifying
retailers to remove the recalled items from their store shelves and
inventories and post color posters that will assist customers in identifying
the affected products.




For further information:

For further information: Media, +1-563-875-5995, or Jody Taylor, CFO of 
RC2 Corporation, +1-630-573-7328 Web Site: http://www.rc2.com

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