|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2001
Release # 01-099
|CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
McDonald's Media Contact: William Whitman, (630) 623-6745
CPSC, McDonald's Announce Recall of "Scooter Bug" Happy Meal Toys
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), McDonald's Corp., Oakbrook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 234,000 "Scooter Bug" toys. The toys were distributed with McDonald's Happy Meals for children under 3 years of age. The bug's antenna can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
McDonald's has received two reports of children choking and one report of a child gagging on the broken off antenna.
The Scooter Bug toy is about 3 inches long and 2 1/2 inch wide. When rolled across the floor, the bug's legs move back and forth. The bug has a yellow face with red antennas, orange feet and a purple body with green spots. The words "Fisher Price" are on the top of the toy. The words "MFG.FOR MCD CORP.CHINA" are on the rear of the toy.
McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. and Canada distributed the toys with Happy Meals from November 2000 through February 2001.
Parents should take the toy away from children immediately and return the toy to any McDonald's restaurant for a replacement toy. For more information, consumers should visit McDonald's web site at www.mcdonalds.com. Questions about this recall should be directed to CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772.
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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