FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 24, 1996
Release # 97-053
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MDK Inc. of Chapel Hill, N.C., is recalling about 20,000 model trains. If the train derails, the coupler coil spring could overheat creating a potential fire hazard.
CPSC and MDK Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these model trains. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The trains involved in this recall are The Heavyweight line of O scale passenger cars, sold under the brand name K-LINE Electric Trains, which were produced from 1991 through 1995. These cars are 1:48 scale models of railroad passenger cars from the early 1900s and are designed to operate on a three-rail, O gauge track.
The following types of cars are part of this train product line: coach, pullman, baggage, railway post office, diner, and observation car. All cars are individually boxed and include an end label listing the model name and number.
The following cars were sold through hobby wholesalers and distributed to hobby and specialty retail stores nationwide:
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Erie-Lackawanna Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44251)
K25-0001, K25-0002, K25-0098, K25-0316, K25-0469, K25-1813
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
K83-0072, K83-0073, K83-0080, K83-0093, K83-0094, K83-0095, K83-0096
Southern Pacific Railroad
K88-0112, K88-1918, K88-5124
Union Pacific Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44911)
K91-0100, K91-0101, K91-0102, K91-0103, K91-0104, K91-0107
These additional cars were sold through the following listed outlets:
Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44151)
K15-0110, K15-0385, K15-0727, K15-0827, K15-0972, K15-2500
K-LINE Collectors Club (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Lackawanna Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44381)
K38-0001, K38-0002, K38-0003, K38-0004, K38-0465, K38-1812
The Train Station (Mountain Lakes, N.J.)
Toy Train Museum Cars
K85-1884, K85-1896, K85-1870, K85-1899, K85-1877
Toy Train Museum (Strasburg, Pa.)
Train Collectors Association Cars
Train Collectors Association (Strasburg, Pa.)
Texas & Pacific Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44891)
K89-0718, K89-1018, K89-1109, K89-1402, K89-1658, K89-1818
Collectible Trains & Toys (Dallas, Texas)
Pasadena Mutual Funds Car
Pasadena Group of Mutual Fund (Greenwich, Conn.)
The model trains were sold from late 1991 to the present for about $75 to 125 per car.
Consumers should immediately stop operating the recalled cars, and call MDK Inc. at 800) 866-9986 for information on receiving a free repair. Consumers can write to K-LINE lectric Trains (MDK, Inc), P.O. Box 2831, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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