March 24, 1999
Release # 99-084
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Peg Perego Announce Recall of Children's
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Peg Perego USA Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind.,
is recalling about 274,000 battery-powered children's riding vehicles for repair. Pedals
can stick and electrical components can overheat, presenting fire and injury hazards to
CPSC and Peg Perego have received about 320 reports of electrical components overheating
or pedals sticking. Thirty fires have been reported, resulting in one child suffering
second-degree burns to his hand and at least $55,000 in property damage. One child
suffered a concussion and six children received bruises when accelerator pedals stuck and
the vehicles hit trees, fences, walls or parked automobiles.
The Peg Perego vehicles being recalled run on 12 volts, powered by two 6-volt batteries,
and were manufactured before December 1997. The vehicles are made of plastic and have been
sold under the following model names: Corral 270, Diablo, Dragon, Gaucho, Gaucho Grande,
Gaucho High Torque, Gaucho Sport, Magica, Magnum, Ranger GT, Thunderbolt, Thundercat, and
Tornado. The model name and Peg Perego appear on each vehicle. The company will help
consumers identify if their model is part of the recall. Peg Perego vehicles are intended
for children 3 to 8 years old, and the vehicles' speed ranges from 2.5 to 5 mph, depending
on the model.
Toy stores and retail catalogs sold the vehicles nationwide from 1990 through 1997 for
about $100 to $550.
Consumers should remove the vehicles' batteries right away and not let children use the
vehicles until the repair has been made. Consumers should contact Peg Perego at (888)
893-7903 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or at www.perego.com/recall1.htm to order a free
repair kit, which can be installed by the consumer or by an authorized Peg Perego service
center. Service centers will not have repair kits.
The 12-volt, two battery Peg Perego vehicles manufactured since 1998 and the 6-volt, one
battery vehicles are not included in this recall.
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.