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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
September 9, 1992
Release # 92-135

Target Stores Recall "My First Buddys Pop Pop Cars" Due to Potential Choking Hazard

PRODUCT: "My First Buddys Pop Pop Cars," model number 4562. The push-along car has eyes as headlights and moving balls under hood of the car.

PROBLEM: The small plastic balls under the hood may fall out, presenting potential choking and aspiration hazards to young children.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should discontinue use immediately and return the toys to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers may contact Target Stores at (612) 370-6000.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Target Stores of Minneapolis, MN, is voluntarily recalling 23,500 "My First Buddys Pop Pop Cars," model number 4562. When CPSC tested the cars, the small plastic balls underneath the hood fell out, presenting potential choking and aspiration hazards to young children.

Neither CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially hazardous toy was identified through a complaint received by CPSC from another company.

The push-along car is eight inches long, four inches wide and 4-1/4 inches high with a white easy-grip handle. As the toy rolls, the headlights, which are eyes, move up and down; small colored balls, which are in the hood of the car under a clear cover, pop up; and a clicking noise comes from the rear wheels. The car is red, blue, and white with the words "My First Buddys Pop Pop Car" written on the sides and the word "Turbo" on the top of the windshield. The toy's package has a label that reads in part: "My First Buddys Pop Pop Car * * * MADE TO BUDDY L SPECIFICATIONS IN CHINA."

The My First Buddys Pop Pop Car, imported by Target Stores, was sold at retail stores nationwide from January 1991 to June 1992. The cars sold for $7.99 each.

Consumers are urged to take the cars away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers may contact Target Stores at (612) 370-6000.

CPSC 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 reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under 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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