|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|June 4, 1990
|Release # 90-104
General Toys Recalls
WASHINGTON, DC -- General Toys of Los Angeles, CA
is voluntarily recalling several plastic wind-up toys: the Happy Flapping Car, Happy
Tricycle Police & Thief, Cycling Bear, Naughty Bear, and the Ice Cream Van. These toys
were sold nationwide prior to March 1990. The toys may pose a fatal choking hazard to
young children because of small parts and a puncture wound hazard due to sharp points.
This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
- The Happy Flapping Car: Items #8668 and #8228
consist of a colorfully painted plastic car with a large comical cat or bear figure riding
on it. Both are wearing a colored shirt and tie and a blue or white cap. The hood and
trunk lids and side doors of the car open and close. The headlights are made to look like
eyes, and a mouth with either white teeth and red lips or a smile with painted cheeks and
a red nose pasted to the body under the front hood. The car is equipped with a bell whose
striking device is a spring with a small ball on the end which comes out of the trunk
- The Happy Tricycle Police & Thief: Item #636
consists of a painted three-wheeled motorcycle with a metal bell whose striking device is
a spring with a small ball on the end which comes out of the back. Either a police officer
figure or thief figure are riding the cycle. The figures have heads that resemble a dog-
like animal. The police figure has a painted-on blue uniform with white gloves and the
thief figure has a painted-on black outfit with black gloves. Both figures are carrying
guns raised in the air with the right hand.
- Cycling Bear: Item #6968 consists of a red tricycle
with black tires and orange hub caps. A large blue bear sitting on the tricycle has a
white snout, black eyes and nose and is wearing pink trunks. Inside a yellow basket
mounted on the rear of the tricycle is a small blue bear who moves up and down as the
vehicle moves forward. The tricycle is equipped with a metal bell whose striking device is
a spring with a small ball on the end located in the rear of the vehicle.
- Naughty Bear: Item #6976 consists of a red
dinosaur-like figure with stick-on eyes, yellow arms, nose, legs and nob on the head. This
figure is being ridden by a two-tone blue bear figure with a white snout, black eyes and
black nose. The toy is equipped with a metal bell located in the rear above the tail.
Embossed on the bottom of this toy is "PAT.NO.1039684 MADE IN CHINA".
- Ice Cream Van: Item #6973 consists of a
pink-colored vehicle with a bear's head coming out of the top, red boots sticking out of
the sides, a swirl cone on the hood, and a plastic hamburger on a bun riding on the back
of the vehicle. Embossed on the bottom of this toy is "PAT.NO.1031288 MADE IN
Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any
injuries involving these toys. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the
possibility of injury.
Consumers are urged to take these toys away from young children immediately and return
them to the store where purchased for a refund, or mail them to General Toys, 516 E. 4th
Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 for a refund plus postage. For more information about this
recall consumers may call General Toys at (213) 687-4929.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to email@example.com.