Recall: Children's Whale, Dinosaur Hampers Recalled by Rubbermaid

Note: Telephone number change.



Originally issued December 23, 1994; Revised September 17, 2002

(301) 504-7908

Release # 95-053


CPSC, Rubbermaid Recall Children's Whale, Dinosaur Hampers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rubbermaid Incorporated of Wooster, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling two similarly-constructed children's hampers, the Li'l Roughneck Humphrey the Dinosaur Hamper (item #2792) and the Li'l Roughneck Bubbles the Whale Hamper (item #2793).

Very small children who crawl into the hampers can lodge their heads in the hollow tail of the whale hamper or the head of the dinosaur hamper. Rubbermaid received one report of a 14-month-old child whose head became lodged in the tail of the whale hamper and one report of a 10-month-old child whose head became lodged in the head of the dinosaur hamper.

Although neither child was seriously injured, Rubbermaid is undertaking this recall to prevent possible injury.

Humphrey the Dinosaur Hamper, shaped like a dinosaur, is made of jade green plastic. Bubbles the Whale Hamper, shaped like a whale, is made of blue plastic. Both products,which come with removable lids, measure approximately 30 inches in length and 19 inches in height. About 150,000 whale and dinosaur hampers were sold nationwide beginning in 1993.

Consumers should discontinue use of these products and call Rubbermaid at (888) 895-2110 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, for information on how to receive a shipping carton to return the product for a full refund of $30.