|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: Nychelle White
|April 17, 1997
|Release # 97-105
CPSC, Etna Products Inc. Announce Recall of Wooden Toy Cars
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Etna Products Inc. of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 13,200 wooden toy cars. The glue holding the toy together deteriorates causing the hub caps, headlights, and blocks to separate. Young children could choke on the headlights and blocks or inhale the hub caps into their lungs, which could lead to death.
CPSC and Etna Products are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The wooden toy car is painted red, yellow, green, and blue. The sides of the car hold 26 wooden blocks painted with letters of the alphabet and pictures appropriate for each letter and two heart-shaped red blocks. The car also comes with a 12-inch white pull cord. The toy is packaged in a cardboard box labeled in part, "Solid Wood Hand-Painted Old Time Learning Car...28 Blocks - One Side Displays Letter, Other Side Displays Picture With Name." There is a picture of the toy car on the box.
The toys were sold nationwide by Benton-Kirby and Walter Drake & Sons mail order catalogues. The toys were also sold by Boardman's (Small Wonders, Something Special, Small Delights), Odd-Job Trading stores, J.D. Yeatts Imports, and Burton Distributors. The toys were sold from 1994 through March 1997 for about $5.
Consumers should take the recalled toys away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall or for questions concerning mail order purchases, consumers should call Etna at (800) 841-1007.
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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