CPSC, Fisher-Price Announce Recall to Repair Power Wheels Ride-On Battery-Powered Vehicles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 1998
Release # 99-012

Company Phone Number: (800) 977-7800
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063

 

CPSC, Fisher-Price Announce Recall to Repair Power Wheels Ride-On Battery-Powered Vehicles

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y., is conducting a voluntary recall involving up to 10 million battery-powered Power Wheels ride-on cars and trucks. The vehicles' electrical components can overheat and cause fires. Children can suffer injuries from fires and house fires can occur. Additionally, wiring problems can prevent the vehicles from stopping.

CPSC and Fisher-Price have received approximately 700 reports of electrical components failing and overheating while the cars and trucks were being ridden, charged, parked or stored. About 150 fires have been reported. Nine children suffered minor burns to the hands, legs, or feet; and up to $300,000 in property damage to 22 houses and garages have been reported. There have also been 71 reports of vehicles not stopping. Six children suffered bruises, scratches or bumps when their vehicles hit a car, truck, pole, window or fence.

Power Wheels Service Centers will repair the vehicles. These service centers will install the new parts free of charge and give all recalled vehicles a free safety check-up and tune-up.

The recalled Power Wheels cars and trucks have been sold under nearly 100 model names. The Power Wheels logo and the model name are on each vehicle. All models with two batteries are recalled, and certain models with one battery are recalled. The company will help consumers identify if their model is part of the recall. Power Wheels cars and trucks are intended for children 2 to 7 years old, and the vehicles' speed ranges from 1 to 5 mph, depending on the model.

Toy and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold the cars and trucks since 1984 for about $70 to $300.

Consumers should remove the vehicles' batteries right away and not let children use these Power Wheels vehicles until the repair has been made at the service center. To schedule the repair, consumers should call Power Wheels at (800) 977-7800 anytime. Again, the company will help consumers identify if their vehicles are part of the recall.

Power Wheels sold after October 1998 are not involved in this recall.

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Barbie Beach Cruiser Barbie Lamborghini
Barbie Beach Patrol Barbie Trail Rider
Barbie Beach Ranger Big Jake
Barbie Sports Quad Big Foot
Barbie Sun Jammer Cartoon Network
Big Foot Caterpillar
Coyote Corvette
Cycle Sound Suzuki/Quad Racer 900 Firetruck
Extreme Machine Hot Wheels Lamborghini
Fire Truck Kawasaki GPZ
Ford F-150 Kmart Racing Truck
High Rider Lamborghini
Jeep Adventure Team Monster 4x4
Jeep Commando Monster Racing Truck
Jeep Dune Squad My First Roadster
Jeep Dune Watch Qua-Trax
Jeep Enforcer Snake Bite
Jeep Laredo Starfire
Jeep Renegade Supervette 350
Jeep Safari Suzuki Quad Sport
Jeep Wrangler Turbo Corvette
Kawasaki Ninja ATV Speed Sound Lamborghini
Monster Sound Big Foot  
Suzuki Quad Racer  
Raider  
Jeep Sahara  
Jeep Sand Blaster  
Super Sound Jeep 4x4  
Sweetheart    
Super Bigfoot  
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