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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 1997

Release # 98-001
CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, United Tradeline Announce Recall of Toy "Hot Pet Car"

CPSC, United Tradeline Announce Recall of Toy "Hot Pet Car"WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), United Tradeline Inc. of Arcadia, Calif., is recalling about 4,400 battery-operated toy cars. Small pieces could break off the cars, presenting a serious aspiration hazard to young children.

CPSC and United Tradeline Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving this toy. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The Hot Pet Car is a red car driven by a yellow dog with orange ears wearing a purple bow and using a cellular phone. The car measures about 3.5 inches wide, 5 inches high and 8 inches long. When turned on, the wheels turn crookedly, and the toy plays music and sound effects. The sound effects also can be activated by pressing the center of the spare tire on the trunk. The car has decals bearing the words "YAHOO!" and "NO. 1." The toy, made in China, is packaged in a green box labeled in part "HOT PET CAR," and "I.C SOUND." The model number, HK-736, also is written on the sides of the box.

Small retail and toy stores sold the toy cars primarily in the Los Angeles, Calif., area from April 1997 through May 1997 for about $3.

Consumers should take these toys away from young children immediately, and call United Tradeline Inc. at (888) 898-9296 betwen 9 a.m and 6 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday, or write to the company at 11800 E. Clark Street, Arcadia, CA 91006 for information on a refund.

CPSC learned of the problem through testing samples as part of a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs Service import surveillance.

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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