Suarez Toy House Of Puerto Rico (Aka G. Suarez & Son, Inc.) Recalls Toy Helicopter Due To Potential Aspiration And Choking Hazards

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June 24, 1993

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Release # 93-083

 

Suarez Toy House Of Puerto Rico (Aka G. Suarez & Son, Inc.) Recalls Toy Helicopter Due To Potential Aspiration And Choking Hazards

PRODUCT: "My First Push Toy-Funny Copter" toy helicopters, imported by Suarez Toy House of Puerto Rico. The helicopters are bright yellow, with multi-colored wheels and propellers. Three colored spinning disks are in front and a multi-colored spinning and rattling drum is in back. Inside the helicopter's clear, plastic dome are colored beads and colored animal figures that spin around as the toy is pushed. An 11-inch cord allows the toy to be pulled and a 17-inch rod is attached to the back for pushing. The firm sold 144 toy helicopters in Puerto Rico from December 8, 1992 through December 21, 1992.

PROBLEM: Colored beads inside the helicopter's clear, plastic dome and pieces of the helicopter separated from the toy during routine U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission testing, presenting a potential aspiration and choking hazard to young children.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return the toys to the stores where purchased for a free replacement toy of equal value. Consumers who have purchased these toys in Puerto Rico and have since moved elsewhere, and consumers with questions may contact Lucy Pabon at: (809) 760-7070.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Suarez Toy House of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR, is voluntarily recalling 144 "My First Push Toy-Funny Copter," item number 64120H. During routine CPSC testing, colored beads inside the helicopter and pieces of the helicopter separated, presenting potential aspiration and choking hazards to young children.

The "My First Push Toy-Funny Copter" is a multi-functional push helicopter with a bright yellow body, blue, green or red wheels, and a yellow or red propeller. The toy helicopter has three colored spinning disks in front and a multi-colored spinning and rattling drum in the back. The helicopter has a clear plastic dome. Inside the dome are colored beads and three colored animal figures that spin around as the toy is pushed.

The toy has an 11-inch cord on the front for pulling, however the toy's main functon is that of a push toy. A 17-inch rigid rod is attached to the back for easy pushing. A sticker on the right front of the toy reads: "120H." The embossed label underneath the helicopter reads: "FI, ITEM NO. 64120, 1989 FRED'S IND. CO. LTD., MADE IN CHINA."

The "Funny Copters" were sold throughout Puerto Rico at various retail stores from December 8, 1992 through December 21, 1992. They sold for $5.44 to $8.60 each.

Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return the toys to the stores where purchased for a free replacement toy of equal value. Consumers who purchased these toys in Puerto Rico and have since moved elsewhere, and consumers with questions may contact Lucy Pabon at: (809) 760-7070.

Neither CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving the Funny Copters. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially hazardous toys were identified at the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico during a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs surveillance program.

CPSC is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdicition.