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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
May 28, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-077

Harco Recalls Rescue Truck

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Harco, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,100 units of the "Rescue Truck" friction toys, model number 8115. When CPSC tested the trucks in accordance with regulations under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the truck wheels and rims separated and are small parts that pose a potential choking hazard for young children.

The trucks are sold in three styles: a red fire truck, a blue police truck, and a white ambulance. Each vehicle is made of hard plastic and has a bear as the driver whose head nods back and forth when in motion. The trucks have yellow wheels with white rims and the friction on the rear wheels gives the trucks power to move. The license plate on the front bumpers bears the number 8115. The trucks measure four and one-half inches long, three inches wide, and three and one-half inches high. A label on the box reads "1987 Action Toys Co. Ltd. . . . Made in China." The statement "Action Toys, Made in China," is embossed in the bottom of the trucks.

The trucks were sold in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi at Harco Drug Stores from September 1990 to April 1991 for approximately $4.99 each.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. 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 full refund of the purchase price. For more information about this recall, consumers may call the firm at 1-800-477-9138.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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