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The First Years Announces Voluntary Recall of Liquid-Filled Teethers

The First Years Recall Hotline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- STOUGHTON, MA -- January 27, 2006 -- The First Years, a subsidiary of RC2 Corporation, is voluntarily recalling liquid filled teethers due to possible bacterial contamination. The liquid inside the teethers may contain pseudomonas aeruginosa and pseudomonas putida which can cause serious illness in children if the teether is punctured and the liquid from the teether is ingested.

Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately.


  • Disney Days of Hunny Soft Cool Ring Teether--Style# Y1447
  • Disney Soft Cool Ring Teether--Style# Y1470
  • Disney Soft Cool Ring Teether--Style# Y1490
  • The First Years® Cool Animal Teether/Fish, Zebra and Dinosaur designs--Style# Y1473
  • The First Years® Floating Friends Teether-- Style# Y1474
  • Sesame Beginnings™ Chill & Chew Teether-- Style# Y3095

This recall is for 6 different styles of liquid-filled teethers for infants (3+ months old) to soothe gums during the feeding stage. The 6 styles affected have the same general construction of a durable vinyl exterior with clear liquid pre-filled inside. Some designs have printed graphics while others have floating internal characters.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The teethers are sold nationwide including major retailers, grocery, drug and specialty stores from July 2005 to January 2006 for $2.99 to $3.99.

Consumers should put the teether in its current condition into a sealed plastic storage bag, place in envelope, and return to: Parent Service Center, RC2/The First Years, 100 Technology Center Drive, Stoughton, Massachusetts, 02072. Consumers should include their mailing address in the envelope to receive a replacement teether and free gift.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can visit: www.thefirstyears.com or call The
First Years Parent Service Center at 1-866-725-4407.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration. Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787. Or, on the MedWatch web site.


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