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Hasbro recalls nails after child deaths

September 23, 2006

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Hasbro Inc., the nation's second-largest toy maker, is recalling parts of a toy workbench set after two children apparently suffocated on oversized plastic toy nails, company officials said.

Chief Executive Al Verrecchia said Friday the voluntary recall applies to two plastic nails included in the Playskool Team Talkin' Tool Bench, which has sold about 255,000 sets in the last year.

The company learned in February about the death of a 19-month-old boy from Martinsburg, W.V., who apparently choked on a 3-inch-long plastic nail, Verrecchia said. Last week, the company learned it was named in a civil lawsuit prompted by the death of a 2-year-old boy from League City, Texas, who also allegedly choked on a toy nail.

For information about the recall, consumers should call Hasbro at (800) 509-9554.

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