|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 (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.