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May 11, 1990

Lionel Leisure, Inc. Recalls Big Bird Trike

Philadelphia, PA (SafetyAlerts) - Lionel Leisure, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Big Bird Trike manufactured by Illco Toy Company, Inc. This trike has small screws beneath Big Bird's feet which are small parts and which may separate from the toy producing a choking or aspiration hazard to young children.

The Big Bird Trike (Model #8820R) is blue with two green wheels on the back and one green wheel on the front with the words "BIG BIRD" just above the tire. Big Bird is bright yellow with orange legs that have pink rings from his knees to his ankles. Embossed on the trike next to the orange wind-up key are the words "Made in Macau". In the same location on the other side of the trike are the words "Muppets Inc. an Illco Toy." When wound up Big Bird makes a rattle sound and pedals the trike while moving his head back and forth and his tail up and down.

Approximately 3,000 toys were sold from June 1989 to January 1990 for approximately $9.00 each in Lionel Kiddie City, Lionel Playworld and Lionel Toy Warehouse Stores. While neither CPSC nor Lionel Leisure is aware of any injuries associated with these toys, this corrective action is being taken to prevent the possibility of such injury.

Consumers are urged to take these toys away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with additional concerns or questions about this recall may contact Lionel Leisure at (215) 671-3800.

The potentially hazardous toys were identified by CPSC during routine surveillance of the marketplace.

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