|December 11, 1978
|Release # 78-103|
Riviton Sets Voluntarily Held
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. II) -- More than 125,000 toy construction sets manufactured
by Parker Brothers are being voluntarily held in inventory in two company warehouses in
Salem, Massachuset ts and Des Moines, Iowa, after the company announced its voluntary
recall of 900,000 Riviton sets. A Parker Brothers spokesman told the Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) that 27,000 of the Riviton construction sets have now been
Parker Brothers had made the decision to voluntarily withdraw this product from
the market because of two accidental deaths associated with the product. The company
reached this decision after the recent death of a 9-year-old child was attributed to the
choking on a rubber fastening rivet from the Riviton Construction Toy.
Riviton Construction Toys have been distributed nationally during the past two years.
Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of General Mills, Inc., is asking all consumers to return the
product for a full refund to the store from which it was purchased or to mail it direct to
Parker Brothers, 190 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970. All retailers have been asked to
remove the product from their shelves.
Any consumer seeking further information may contact Parker Brothers, Consumer
Response, Riviton Recall, 50 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Consumers can call Parker
Brothers collect at 617/927-4900.