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|Release # 92-015
LJN "Sling 'Em-Fling 'Em"
Wrestling Ring Toy Recalled
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- LJN Toys, Ltd., New York, NY,
in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is recalling its
World Wrestling Federation "Sling 'Em- Fling 'Em" wrestling ring toy because of
potentially severe injuries should a child fall on one of the corner posts of the
wrestling ring. LJN was a subsidiary of MCA, Inc. during the period of manufacture and
sale of the wrestling ring. LJN, a publisher, marketer and distributor of home
entertainment products, is no longer in the toy business.
The Commission indicates that there were four very serious injuries which resulted when
children, ranging in age from six to 10 years, fell onto one of these toys. In each case,
one of the four rigid plastic corner posts penetrated the child's body cavity causing
severe internal injury.
LJN sold about 1.4 million toy wrestling rings between 1985 and 1989 for a retail price up
to $20. The toy was promoted by featuring action figures of World Wrestling Federation
(WWF) stars such as Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. The figures were sold separately.
The ring has an 18-1/2 inch square plastic base that is 3-1/2 inches high with four 9-1/2
inch long rigid blue plastic posts that snap into place at each corner. Once in place, the
posts are about six inches high. Red, white, and blue elastic bands form the ropes around
the ring. A decal with the WWF logo was supplied with each toy. Consumers may identify the
LJN wrestling ring by looking underneath the base for these words molded into the plastic:
"1985 LJN TOYS LTD. TITAN SPORTS INC. MADE IN U.S.A."
For the return of the four blue plastic posts, MCA, Inc. is offering consumers a choice of
one of five hardback bound children's books. The titles are: Surprise Party, a pop-up
book; Dinosaurs, A Lost World, a pop-up book; The Black Falcon, the tale of a medieval
knight, embellished with lush watercolor paintings; Christmastime in New York City, a
richly illustrated picture book; and Face to Face, a collection of stories by Soviet and
American writers commissioned by the United Nations. The retail value of each book is
To prevent additional injuries, consumers who own these wrestling ring toys are urged to
remove the four rigid plastic posts immediately. Because the posts are so rigidly secured,
consumers may have to break the posts to remove them. For information on how to return the
posts and receive a free book, call MCA at 1-800-531-9336.
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 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 28.5 million injuries and 21,600
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
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