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Baby rattles recalled as choking hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Manhattan Group LLC of Minneapolis, have announced a voluntary recall of about 3,150 baby rattles because of a choking hazard.

The clear spheres on each end of the Whoozit Starry Time Rattle can break, releasing small parts that pose the hazard, the agencies said in a statement.

Manhattan Group has received two reports of rattles breaking, the statement said. No injuries have been reported.

The plastic rattles feature orange, aqua blue and purple stars stacked front to back between two clear spheres on a flexible stem, the statement said. The rattle measures about 5 1/2 inches long. Each clear ball, located at the end of the rattle, measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter.

The clear rattles contain small multi-colored beads and a white plastic disc featuring a blue smiling character face inside, the statement said. The name of the product is printed on the hang tag.

The statement said the rattles were sold at specialty toy and baby stores nationwide, in Canada, and online from September 2011 through March 2012 for about $15. They were made in China.

Consumers should take the rattles away from young children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund, the statement said.

For additional information, contact Manhattan Group toll-free at (800) 541-1345 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fort Wayne time weekdays, or visit the company’s website at www.manhattantoy.com.

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