Zowie’s 123 Books Are Being Recalled Due To A Choking Hazard. Disney Children’s Book Group, LLC, also known as Disney Press, has recalled about about 5,180 Zowie’s 123 children’s books. The books have a plastic abacus-like toy attached to the back cover that contains five plastic beads. The beads can separate from the book cover, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Disney-Press has received one report of a 15-month-old boy who broke a bead from the book cover and placed it in his mouth. An adult was able to remove the bead from the child’s mouth without injury.
Recalled Book Contains Abacus Toy With Small Beads
The Zowie’s 123 book is a twelve page white board book that measures 6.5-inches by 6.5-inches with a yellow plastic abacus-like toy attached to the back book cover. The abacus toy has five small beads: blue, green, red, yellow and orange. The beads slide along a plastic track. The book is based on the Rolie, Polie, Olie television series and depicts the Zowie character on its cover. The book can be identified with the ISBN code number 078683307-6, found on the back cover in the bottom corner.
Bookstores nationwide sold the recalled books from January 2002 through February 2002 for about $7.