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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 1997

Release # 97-103
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Playskool Announce Recall of "Weebles Tractor" Toys

CPSC, Playskool Announce Recall of "Weebles Tractor" ToysWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool of Pawtucket, R.I., is voluntarily recalling over 116,000 "Weebles Tractor" toys (item number 5242). The red plunger located on top of the toy can crack and break apart, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

Playskool has received 42 reports of the toy's plunger cracking or breaking apart. One minor non-choking injury has been reported.

The "Weebles Tractor" is a plastic toy recommended for children 9 months old and up. The tractor comes with a colorful farm girl weeble and detachable trailer. The tractor is mainly yellow with blue wheels and a red plunger, and the detachable trailer is mainly red with blue wheels. The tractor rolls along the floor and the weeble spins when the red plunger is pushed. Item number 5242 is imprinted into the bottom of the tractor.

Major toy stores and mass merchandise outlets nationwide have sold the toys since January 1996 for about $13.

Consumers should take the toys away from young children immediately and call Playskool toll-free at 1-888-377-3335 for a free replacement.

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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