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Whistles

WASHINGTON - More than 550,000 whistles were recalled by a Michigan manufacturer on Wednesday because they pose a potential choking hazard to small children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.The Hayes Specialties Corp., based in Saginaw, Mich., recalled approximately 553,000 "Siren Whistles" because they break apart easily and release small parts that may choke children who swallow them. The CPSC said the solid-colored, cylindrical, 3/4-inch plastic whistles, which come in red, blue, pink, orange, green and yellow, were sold nationwide over the past 2 1/2 years. "Consumers having these Siren Whistles should take them away from children and return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund of the purchase price," said CPSC Chairwoman Jacqueline Jones-Smith.

Doll cradles

WASHINGTON - A toy manufacturer said Wednesday it will replace the cradle sold with a doll it makes because small parts may break off and pose a choking hazard. The New York-based Uneeda Doll Co., Inc., will voluntarily replace the cradles from the approximately 161,245 "Tots 'N Toys in Cradle" sets sold nationwide since 1988, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission said the sets, model number 70620, consist of a six-inch doll in a seven-inch by 3/4-inch yellow plastic cradle whose rockers are embossed "Uneeda Doll Co., Inc, MCMLXXXVII, Made in China." Customers should return the cradles to the company at 269 37th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., or call 718-768-9200.

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