April 17, 1997


Release # 97-105

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Etna Products Inc. of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 13,200 wooden toy cars. The glue holding the toy together deteriorates causing the hub caps, headlights, and blocks to separate. Young children could choke on the headlights and blocks or inhale the hub caps into their lungs, which could lead to death.

CPSC and Etna Products are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The wooden toy car is painted red, yellow, green, and blue. The sides of the car hold 26 wooden blocks painted with letters of the alphabet and pictures appropriate for each letter and two heart-shaped red blocks. The car also comes with a 12-inch white pull cord. The toy is packaged in a cardboard box labeled in part, "Solid Wood Hand-Painted Old Time Learning Car...28 Blocks - One Side Displays Letter, Other Side Displays Picture With Name." There is a picture of the toy car on the box.

Wooden Toy Car

The toys were sold nationwide by Benton-Kirby and Walter Drake & Sons mail order catalogues. The toys were also sold by Boardman's (Small Wonders, Something Special, Small Delights), Odd-Job Trading stores, J.D. Yeatts Imports, and Burton Distributors. The toys were sold from 1994 through March 1997 for about $5.

Consumers should take the recalled toys away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall or for questions concerning mail order purchases, consumers should call Etna at (800) 841-1007.