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DALLAS, July 24, 1997 –  

Two New Specialty Catalogs Available at Exchanges August 15

Two new specialty catalogs -- 1997 Fall Fashion and 1997 Holiday Decorating and Entertaining -- arrive Aug. 15 in military exchanges worldwide.

The fashion catalog will feature casual, career and clothing basics, shoes and accessories for women and men. The catalog is valid through Dec. 31.

The holiday book offers pages of unusual collectibles, dinnerware, cookware, decorations and other merchandise not carried in exchanges. Along with traditional tree skirts and stockings are collectible Santas from around the world, musical water globes, nutcrackers and wooden pyramids. The catalog is valid through Jan. 4, 1998.

Anyone with exchange privileges can order from these catalogs.

Free electronic in-store ordering is available at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores and selected Marine Corps exchanges worldwide. Hundreds of selected items in the Exchange Catalog are on the Internet at www.aafes.com.

The exchange service accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express. Customers can also use the Navy Exchange NEXCARD and AAFES Deferred Payment Plan for catalog orders.

Send mail orders to:

Exchange Catalog Sales

P.O. Box 660211

Dallas, Texas, 75266-0211.

To place orders toll free, call (800) 527-2345 or via facsimile (800) 446-0163 in the United States and Puerto Rico. For your convenience, the catalog order center is open around the clock, seven days a week.

Expanded international access calling is available from the following countries:

Belgium 0800-7-2432
Germany 0130-82-1650 (Toll free 0130-72-5273, M-F 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Guam 01800-636-3297
Italy 1678-71227
Japan/Okinawa 0031-11-4132
Korea 0078-11-279-8208
Netherlands 06-0221889
Panama 001-800-111-0032
United Kingdom 0800-96-8101

A $4 processing fee is added to the order when placing these calls. (AAFES release)

AAFES, Cosco Sound Crib Defect Alert

DALLAS -- More than 390,000 Cosco baby cribs made since January 1995, some possibly sold by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, may be misassembled with a deadly defect.

The defective Cosco full-size metal baby cribs were assembled with the mattress platform being used as a side rail. The side rail and mattress platform are the same size and sometimes inadvertently switched. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards limit the space between side rail slats to no more than 2 3/8 inches, but if misassembled the mattress platform leaves about five inches between slats. Infants' heads could become trapped between rails, resulting in serious injury or death.

AAFES officials said Cosco has received more than 47 reports of misassembled cribs including 27 babies becoming trapped, resulting in one death.

Cosco cribs ride on wheels and consist of tubular metal in a variety of colors. The cribs have date codes of 0195 or higher printed on a sticker located on the bottom of the end panel. Model numbers and colors sold by the exchange service are 10T06 Multiple Colors, 10T14White, 10T94White.

Consumers should contact Cosco for instructions on properly reassembling defective cribs or to arrange an in-home repair.

Customers in the United States should call Cosco toll-free at (800) 221-6736. Customers overseas should contact Cosco at the address listed below.

Consumer Relations

c/o Cosco Inc.

2525 State

Columbus, Ind. 97201-7494.

(AAFES release)


Overseas AAFES School Lunch Coupon Reminder

DALLAS -- The Army and Air Force Exchange Service reminds those who participated in the School Lunch Program last year that coupons are valid for only one school year.

If you have unused coupons left over from last school year, they are redeemable at the cashiers cage of your local AAFES exchange.

This offer is good through Aug. 2, 1997. (AAFES release)

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