|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2002
Release # 02-243
|XL Machine Recall Hotline: (866) 746-8097
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), XL Machine Ltd., of Eden Prairie, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,300 toy chests. Screws in the chests' lid support hinges can loosen over time, and come out from the base of the toy chests. If this happens, the lids of the toy chests can collapse suddenly, possibly causing injuries to children's head, neck, fingers or hands.
CPSC and XL have received one report of screws in the lid support hinge of a toy chest coming out, resulting in one injury, a bruise to the neck.
These blue toy chests measure 18.5-inches by 12-inches by 12- inches, and were sold under the Playskool brand name. On the toy chest lid top are depictions of "Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head" characters and the "PLAYSKOOL" logo. The front panel has a "Glow Worm" figure and a dog. The bottom of the toy chests contains "DISTRIBUTED BY: XL MACHINE LTD, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55347." The chests were made in China.
Target stores sold the toy chest nationwide from October 2001 through December 2001 for about $50.
Consumers should take these toy chests away from young children immediately and return them to the Target store where it was purchased for a refund or store credit. For more information, contact XL Machine toll-free at (866) 746-8097 anytime, or go to Target's web site at www.target.com
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