|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 1997
Release # 98-001
|Company Phone Number: (888) 898-9296
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7076
CPSC, United Tradeline Announce Recall of Toy "Hot Pet Car"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), United Tradeline Inc. of Arcadia, Calif., is recalling about 4,400 battery-operated toy cars. Small pieces could break off the cars, presenting a serious aspiration hazard to young children.
CPSC and United Tradeline Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving this toy. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The Hot Pet Car is a red car driven by a yellow dog with orange ears wearing a purple bow and using a cellular phone. The car measures about 3.5 inches wide, 5 inches high and 8 inches long. When turned on, the wheels turn crookedly, and the toy plays music and sound effects. The sound effects also can be activated by pressing the center of the spare tire on the trunk. The car has decals bearing the words "YAHOO!" and "NO. 1." The toy, made in China, is packaged in a green box labeled in part "HOT PET CAR," and "I.C SOUND." The model number, HK-736, also is written on the sides of the box.
Small retail and toy stores sold the toy cars primarily in the Los Angeles, Calif., area from April 1997 through May 1997 for about $3.
Consumers should take these toys away from young children immediately, and call United Tradeline Inc. at (888) 898-9296 betwen 9 a.m and 6 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday, or write to the company at 11800 E. Clark Street, Arcadia, CA 91006 for information on a refund.
CPSC learned of the problem through testing samples as part of a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs Service import surveillance.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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