|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 1998
Release # 98-161
|Company Phone Number: (888) 669-7087
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
CPSC, Tara Toy Corp. Announce Recall of Flying Dolls
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tara Toy Corp. of Hauppauge, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 670,000 Flying Warrior dolls. During use, the wings of these flying dolls can break off, causing serious injuries to consumers.
CPSC and Tara Toy Corp. have received four reports of the doll's wing breaking off during use. Two children suffered serious eye injuries, including a shattered iris and cataract development that required an artificial lens, and resulted in partial loss of sight. A cut under the eye and a broken front tooth also have resulted.
The Flying Warrior dolls, measuring about 7 inches tall, are made of colored and metallic plastic. There are four warriors: "Rotor," "Blades," "Gyro" and "Spin." The warriors have plastic metallic bodies with green, blue, red, and yellow uniform accents. Their arms are attached to yellow or red wings with accent colors. The warriors are placed on launchers, which have a pull cord to release the doll into the air. The launchers also have a foam missile that can be released into the air. The words, "Made in China" are embossed onto the back of the warrior's leg. "Tara Toy Corp...Made in China" is embossed on the launcher.
The dolls are packaged in colorful cardboard window boxes. "Flying Warriors...Tara" is printed on the front of the box.
Toy stores nationwide sold the dolls from April 1995 through December 1997 for about $7.
Consumers should stop using the dolls immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Tara Toy Corp. toll-free at (888) 669-7087 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.
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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