|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2002
|Radio Flyer Recall Hotline: (800) 621-7613/(800) 708-9246
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7058
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Radio Flyer Inc., of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling to replace the steering wheel on about 59,000 Model 8 Roadsters manufactured before January 2002. A child can pull the horn from the steering wheel, and a small part inside poses a choking hazard to young children.
Radio Flyer has received 19 reports of horns detaching from the steering wheel. No injuries have been reported. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The Model 8 Roadster is about 26- inches long with a red steel body and a red rubber horn on a black steering wheel. The words "Radio Flyer" and the number "8" appear on both sides of the riding toy. Roadsters included in this recall have a date of manufacture of 12/2001 or earlier and have a "horn symbol" embossed on the red rubber horn. A label with the date of manufacture is located on the bottom of the Roadster. The label has the letters "MD" followed by a date code that represents the month and year of manufacture (for example, MD 12/2001 is for a manufacture date of December 2001).
Toy stores, discount stores, catalogues and web retailers sold the Model 8 Roadsters nationwide between January 2001 and July 2002 for about $70.
Consumers should take these Roadsters from young children immediately and contact Redwagons to order a replacement steering wheel. Consumers can contact Redwagons at (800) 708-9246 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit Radio Flyer's web site at www.radioflyer.com and complete an order form. For more information, consumers can contact Radio Flyer at (800) 621-7613 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
Model 8 Roadsters manufactured after January 2002 are not involved in this recall. Model 8 Roadsters with a star embossed on the horn, even if manufactured in 2001, have been re-designed and are not included in this recall.
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