|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2008
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 678-9258
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Battery Operated Toy "Speed Boats"
Units: About 200,000
Importer: Dollar General Merchandising Inc., of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Hazard: The two battery terminals can come into contact with each other, causing the battery to overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Dollar General has received two reports of the batteries overheating. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled toy speed boats are lightweight plastic toy boats supported by an inflatable hull with "outboard" motors on them. The motor uses two AA batteries. The toy boat measures about 12 inches long by 8 inches wide and comes in various colors and designs.
Sold at: Dollar General nationwide from March 2008 through July 2008 for $3 each.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take these toys away from young children and return them to any Dollar General store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar General at (800) 678-9258 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.dollargeneral.com
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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