April 17, 1997
Release # 97-105
|CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Etna Products Inc. Announce Recall of
Wooden Toy Cars
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Etna Products Inc. of New York, N.Y., is
recalling about 13,200 wooden toy cars. The glue holding the toy together deteriorates
causing the hub caps, headlights, and blocks to separate. Young children could choke on
the headlights and blocks or inhale the hub caps into their lungs, which could lead to
CPSC and Etna Products are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The wooden toy car is painted red, yellow, green, and blue. The sides of the car hold 26
wooden blocks painted with letters of the alphabet and pictures appropriate for each
letter and two heart-shaped red blocks. The car also comes with a 12-inch white pull cord.
The toy is packaged in a cardboard box labeled in part, "Solid Wood Hand-Painted Old
Time Learning Car...28 Blocks - One Side Displays Letter, Other Side Displays Picture With
Name." There is a picture of the toy car on the box.
The toys were sold nationwide by Benton-Kirby and Walter Drake & Sons mail order
catalogues. The toys were also sold by Boardman's (Small Wonders, Something Special, Small
Delights), Odd-Job Trading stores, J.D. Yeatts Imports, and Burton Distributors. The toys
were sold from 1994 through March 1997 for about $5.
Consumers should take the recalled toys away from children immediately and return them to
the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall or for
questions concerning mail order purchases, consumers should call Etna at (800) 841-1007.
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
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