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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 1996

Release # 96-179
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC and Christmas Tree Shops Announce Toy Truck Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Christmas Tree Shops Inc. of South Yarmouth, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 toy "Engineering Trucks." The toys contain small parts, such as the "driver" figure in the truck's front cab, which may break off during use presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

CPSC is not aware of any injuries involving this toy. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The State of Connecticut identified the small parts hazard.

The wooden "Engineering Truck" toys (Item 00011-34416) measure approximately 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Each truck has a front cab section with a small, peg-shaped "driver" figure which measures approximately 1.5 inches high. The truck's flat bed body features a hauler, a cement mixer, an asphalt roller, a crane, or an extension ladder. The truck has no labeling.

The trucks were packaged in small blue and white cardboard boxes featuring photographs of the toys. Labeling on the box reads in part, "ENGINEERING TRUCK EDUCATIONAL TOY... MADE IN CHINA." The box also includes the SKU number "000011 34416 2."

Christmas Tree Shops in New England sold the "Engineering Truck" toys from April 1994 through March 1996 for $1 each.

Consumers should take the truck away from young children immediately and return the toy either to the store where purchased or the nearest Christmas Tree Shop. For more information about this recall consumers should call Christmas Tree Shop at (800) 876-9677.

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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