|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|March 4, 1977
|Release # 77-019
CPSC Announces Toy Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 4) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced the recall of three electric toy train transformers which fail to comply with Federal regulations for electrically-operated toys and are, therefore, banned from sale.
The recalled items, all distributed by Reeves International, Pequannock, New Jersey, are "Marklin Mini-Club Transformer Model #6727," "Marklin Transformer - Model #6153," and "Marklin Transformer - Model #6667."
Model numbers 6727 and 6153 contain improperly soldered connections and model number 6667 fail the appropriate impact test required by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). No injuries associated with these toys have been reported to the Commission.
All three transformers are constructed of blue plastic; model #6727 has a metal plate reading in part "Warklin Mini-Club" in red letters; model #6153 is labeled in red letters "Marklin;" and model #6667 contains a metal plate reading "Toy Transformer #6667 Marklin." Model numbers 6153 and 6667 are packaged in a blue cardboard box labeled "Warklin -- Caution Electric Toy." Model #6727 is packaged in a brown wood grain cardboard box labeled "Marklin Mini-Club." The toys were distributed nationwide to hobby and toy stores. Model #6727 retailed for $51.95, model #6153 retailed for $53.95, and model #6667 for $39.95. In total, 435 units are being recalled.
Electric toys are subject to regulation under the PHSA which requires banned products to be repurchased by the manufacturer, distributor and dealer. Reeves International, in compliance with the PI-ISA regulations, is asking consumers to return the toy to the place of purchase or directly to the distributor -- Reeves International, 14 Industrial Park, Pequannock, New Jersey 07440, telephone 201/694-5006 -- for a full refund.
The Commission learned of this product as the result of a nationwide electric toy survey it conducted late last year. The Commission's New York Area Office is monitoring the recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to 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 30 years.
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