More Books Could Choke Kids

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More than 15,000 children’s books are being recalled due to a choking hazard posed by Styrofoam binding, safety officials warn.

The bindings of 15,965 Gund Baby Paperboard Books are filled with Styrofoam that can detach and cause infants and young children to choke on or inhale the particles. The company has heard of three cases in which children have put the book-binding filler in their mouths, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The warning follows a previous recall of Curious George books which came with beads on a metal rod that could accidentally detach.

The new safety recall includes three small paperboard books with plastic handles that double as baby rattles, with the titles "Animals," "Numbers" and "Colors.” They were sold separately and as a set of all three at specialty stores nationwide between January 2009 and March 2010. The individual books were sold for about $8 and the set was priced at about $20, according to the CPSC.

Consumers are urged to take the book away from children immediately and contact Gund for a free replacement. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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