FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 1997
Release # 97-103
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool of Pawtucket, R.I., is voluntarily recalling over 116,000 "Weebles Tractor" toys (item number 5242). The red plunger located on top of the toy can crack and break apart, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.
Playskool has received 42 reports of the toy's plunger cracking or breaking apart. One minor non-choking injury has been reported.
The "Weebles Tractor" is a plastic toy recommended for children 9 months old and up. The tractor comes with a colorful farm girl weeble and detachable trailer. The tractor is mainly yellow with blue wheels and a red plunger, and the detachable trailer is mainly red with blue wheels. The tractor rolls along the floor and the weeble spins when the red plunger is pushed. Item number 5242 is imprinted into the bottom of the tractor.
Major toy stores and mass merchandise outlets nationwide have sold the toys since January 1996 for about $13.
Consumers should take the toys away from young children immediately and call Playskool toll-free at (800) 752-9755 for a free replacement.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
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