October 21, 1996


Release # 97-006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Radio Flyer Inc. of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling 14,000 children's toy Little Wood Wagons. The wagons contain a prohibited level of lead in the red painted sides that can cause lead poisoning in young children, who may ingest the paint.

The body of the Little Wood Wagon (model 6), which comes with a pull handle, measures 12.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 4 inches with wheels measuring 3 inches by 1 inch. Retailers, including Mills Fleet Farm, The Right Start Catalog and Stores, and True Value Hardware, sold the wagons nationwide from June 1996 through September 1996 for between $20 and $25 each. This recall does not involve any other wagon sold by Radio Flyer.

Consumers should immediately take the wagons away from children and look for a manufacturing date decal on the bottom of the wagon. If there is no decal, consumers should return the wagon to the store where purchased for an exchange or refund. Consumers may also call Radio Flyer at (800) 621-7613, 24 hours a day, to receive free-of-charge a replacement wagon without leaded paint. Wagons having a date-of-manufacture decal are not subject to this recall.

Radio Flyer Inc. and CPSC are not aware of any injuries involving the wagons. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The U.S. Customs Service cooperated with CPSC in this investigation.