(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 93-094
New York Firm Recalls Toy "Police
Car" and "Dumper"
PRODUCT: The "My First Buddys Police
Car" and "My First Buddys Dumper" toys. The toy cars and trucks were
imported from China by SLM, Inc. and were sold nationwide in retail stores from January
1990 through December 1992. The police car is red, white and blue and the dumper is red,
white and yellow. The toys also came in gift packs with either one or both of the
PROBLEM: Small parts may separate from the vehicles, presenting a potential choking and
aspiration hazard to young children.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and
return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information,
consumers may call SLM at 1-800-260-1398.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
SLM, Inc., Gloversville, NY, is voluntarily recalling approximately 125,000 "My First
Buddys Police Cars" model 4505 and approximately 184,000 "My First Buddys
Dumpers" model 4500. During routine CPSC testing, small components separated from the
vehicles, presenting a potential choking and aspiration hazard to young children. SLM,
Inc. is also recalling two four-piece gift packs that include either one or both of the
vehicles; gift pack model 4538 includes one police car and one dumper, and gift pack model
4539 includes one dumper. The other toys packaged in the gift packs, but are not involved
in this recall, may include a pumper, a scooper, a helicopter or a wrecker. About 13,000
gift packs, model 4538, and about 4,000 gift packs, model 4539 are being recalled. The
police car and dumper are the only products in the gift packs that are affected by this
The "My First Buddys Police Car" measures 7 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide, and
4 inches high. The police car is blue and white and has a handle that extends from the top
of the car's front window to its trunk. A plastic flasher with a red rectangular block
inside moves from side to side when the car is pushed. A clicking sound is made when the
rear wheels are moved. The car's interior consists of a front seat and a center raised
platform in the back. The interior, bumper guards, and hub caps are white and the wheels
are red. A gold sticker with the word "POLICE" printed in black is on the front
window. The word "POLICE" is printed in white on both sides of the car. The
"BUDDY L" insignia serves as the front and rear license plates. A police badge
printed in white on the car's hood reads "My First Buddys Police Patrol." The
embossed label underneath the car reads in part: " . . . BUDDY L CORP, MADE IN
The "My First Buddys Dumper" measures 7 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide, and 4
inches high. The dumper is yellow and has a white handle that extends from the front
bumper guard to the cab of the truck. The "BUDDY L" insignia serves as the front
license plate. The dumper has a yellow dumper bed that can be lifted and and lowered and
the word "DUMPER" is printed in red on both sides of the bed. The wheels are red
with white hub caps. A clicking sound is made when the front wheels are moved. The
embossed label on the floor of the dumper bed reads in part: " . . . BUDDY L CORP,
MADE IN CHINA."
The police car, model 4505, and dumper, model 4500 were sold for an average retail price
of $4.99 each. The gift packs, models 4538 and 4539, were sold for an average retail price
of $16.99 each. The police car and dumper were imported by SLM, Inc. from China and were
sold nationwide in retail stores from January 1990 through December 1992.
Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return them
to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers may call
SLM, Inc. at 1-800-260-1398.
Neither CPSC nor the firm is aware of any injuries involving these products. This
voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially
hazardous toys were identified at the U.S. Customs Container Station in Atlanta, GA during
a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs surveillance program.
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 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.