August 31, 2000Fires & Injuries Prompt
Empire Industries to Recall Child Riding Vehicles
Tarboro, NC (SafetyAlerts) - Empire Industries said
today it is recalling about 113,000 battery-powered children's riding vehicles, marketed
as "Power Drivers" or "Buddy L," for repair because the vehicles'
battery chargers can overheat, presenting fire and injury hazards to children.
CPSC and Empire have received about 100 reports of chargers overheating, melting or
burning. Five house fires have been reported resulting in at least $100,000 in property
damage. One child and one adult received burns to hands on overheated charger jacks.
The Power Driver vehicles being recalled are powered by two 6-volt batteries, and were
manufactured from July 1995 to December 1996. The vehicles are made of plastic and were
sold under the following model names: Go-Kart, Beach Splash, Sun Dream, Trail Tracker,
Rescue Patrol, and Chevy Z-71 Pick-Up Truck. The model name and Power Drivers appear on
each vehicle. The company will help consumers identify if their model is part of the
recall. Power Driver 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 July 1995 through
December 1997 for about $130 to $250.
Consumers should stop using the vehicles immediately and contact Empire at (800) 872-1869
between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free, new charger
adapter with an overcurrent fuse. Consumers should not charge the vehicles or let children
use the vehicles until they have received the new charger adapter with fuse.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 31, 2000.
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