|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2010
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 860-1887
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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: Push Around and Whisper Ride Buggies
Units: About 2.5 million
Manufacturer: Step2 Company, of Streetsboro, Ohio
Hazard: A pin attaching to the yellow knob on the handle of the buggy can loosen, causing the handle to detach from the buggy. This poses a serious risk of injury to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 28 reports of the handle detaching; two incidents required professional medical treatment and 26 resulted in minor scrapes and scratches.
Description: The Step2® Push Around Buggy and Whisper Ride Buggy are ride-on toys. The buggy comes in various colors; such as, orange, red, blue, pink and green. The buggies have a red "Step2" logo on the handle of the buggy.
Buggies that have a handle attached by a bolt with a plastic white or black head and nut are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Major retailers and specialty stores from August 1999 through March 2010 for between $29 and $59.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled buggy and contact Step2 for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Step2 toll-free at (866) 860-1887 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.step2.com
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1035
Only buggies with pins that have yellow knobs are included in this recall.
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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