CPSC, Racing Champions Ertl, Inc. Announce Recall of Children's Toy Toolboxes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2001
Release # 01-228
Firm Hotline: (866) 898-4999
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063

CPSC, Racing Champions Ertl, Inc. Announce Recall of Children's Toy Toolboxes

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Racing Champions Ertl Inc. (RCE), of Dyersville, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling about 11,600 John Deere Kids Toolboxes. The toy's carrying handle can break, creating small parts and a sharp plastic edge that pose a choking and laceration hazard to young children.

CPSC and RCE have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The children's toolbox is a soft-shelled, plastic, green box with a yellow handle and yellow raised letters that read "John Deere." A John Deere Kids logo with a fawn inside a red oval is imprinted on the front of the toolbox. The toolbox is sold with a green and yellow plastic ratchet wrench and pliers inside. Stamped on the bottom of the product is "JOHN DEERE LICENSED PRODUCT" and "MADE IN CHINA." All yellow-handled toolboxes are included in this recall.
Picture of Recalled Toy Toolbox

John Deere dealers and other farm supply retail stores nationwide sold the toys from June 2001 through September 2001 for about $13.

Parents and caregivers should take the toy away from young children immediately and contact RCE at (866) 898-4999 anytime for instructions on returning these toys and receiving a free replacement toolbox.

John Deere Toolboxes with green handles are not included in this recall.