|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 547-0359
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Family Dollar Stores Recalls Remote Controlled Toy Tanks Due to Burn Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Remote-controlled toy tanks
Units: About 67,000
Retailer: Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Charlotte, N.C.
Importer: Family Dollar Services Inc., of Charlotte, N.C.
Hazard: The tank's controller can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Family Dollar has received five reports of the controllers overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recalled product is the Authentic Heroes Target Practice Tank play set, a remote-controlled green toy tank attached by a cable to a grey battery-powered controller. The controller requires three AAA batteries to power the tank to move forward and backward and the tank turret to rotate and shoot projectiles. The controller is marked "Target Practice Tank Play Set."
Sold exclusively at: Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2010 through December 2010 for about $5.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take the toy away from children, remove batteries and return the toy to a Family Dollar store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.familydollar.com
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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