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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
August 22, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-111

SLM Corp. Recalls Toy "Buddy L Motorized Zippers Airplanes"

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SLM Corporation of Gloversville, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 267,000 sets of the Buddy L Motorized Zippers Airplanes, model numbers 3135, 4635, 3137, 4637 and 4160. The airplane wings may break during use producing small parts that could be a fatal choking hazard to young children.

Zippers Airplanes were sold in individual, two, three and four packs. The airplanes measure three inches in length with a wingspan of two and one-quarter inches. Embossed on the bottom of each airplane are the words "BUDDY L CORP. 1989 PATENT PENDING MADE IN CHINA." Each airplane is a different color with two black tires in the back and one smaller black tire in the front. Some of the airplanes have "BUDDY L" printed on the sides.

The package reads in part: "Pull 'Em Back Let 'Em Zip,! Motorized Zippers Airplanes, Buddyl ACTION...China."

The Motorized Zippers Airplanes were sold nationwide in retail and toy stores from January 1989 to February 1991. The sales price ranged from approximately $2.00 to $7.50 each depending on the model.

CPSC discovered the violative toy during routine retail surveillance.

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 the airplanes away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact SLM Corporation at 1-800-442-7440.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 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 help reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths that occur each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products within CPSC's jurisdiction.

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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