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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
May 8, 1992
Release # 92-083

CPSC & McDonald's Announce Doc DeLorean Car Exchange

PRODUCT: "Doc DeLorean Cars" distributed by McDonald's as part of its "Back to the Future" Happy Meal program.

PROBLEM: Nine children removed the rear tires from the cars.

WHAT TO DO: Parents who have young children who might put this toy in their mouths may exchange the car at any local McDonald's restaurant.

WASHINGTON, DC --- McDonald's, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today notified its customers of the possibility of a choking hazard involving its "Doc DeLorean Car." McDonald's recently distributed this toy as part of its "Back to the Future" Happy Meal program. Because of McDonald's concern for the safety of its customers, it is voluntarily exchanging this car for a different premium.

The exchange is being offered because McDonald's learned that some young children were able to remove the rear tires from the cars with their teeth. Some of these tires were found in children's mouths. There have been no injuries reported to date.

Although the wheels of the car did not come off during McDonald's laboratory safety testing to CPSC standards, nine children were able to remove the rear tires. McDonald's urges parents who have young children who might put this toy in their mouths, to exchange the car at any local McDonald's restaurant.

The Doc DeLorean car is a grey-blue sports car which was distributed at most McDonald's restaurants nationwide during April. More than eight million of these cars were distributed.

This consumer information is being released jointly by McDonald's and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumers who want further information may call McDonald's Customer Relations Department at (708) 575-6198 during normal business hours.

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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