FROM FISHER PRICE:
CPSC, Fisher-Price Announce Recall to Repair Power Wheels Battery-Powered Vehicles
Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., is
conducting a voluntary recall involving up to 10 million battery-powered
Power WheelsÃ‚Â® ride-on cars and trucks. The vehicles' electrical
components can overheat and cause fires. Children can suffer injuries
from fires and house fires can occur. Additionally, wiring problems can
prevent the vehicles from stopping.
CPSC and Fisher-Price have received approximately 700 reports of
electrical components failing and overheating while the cars and trucks
were being ridden, charged, parked or stored. About 150 fires have been
reported. Nine children suffered minor burns to the hands, legs or feet,
and up to $300,000 in property damage to 22 houses and garages have
There have also been 71 reports of vehicles not stopping. Six children
suffered bruises, scratches or bumps when their vehicle hit a car,
truck, pole, window or fence.
Power Wheels Service Centers will repair the vehicles. These service
centers will install the new parts free of charge and give all recalled
vehicles a free safety check-up and tune-up.
The recalled Power Wheels cars and trucks have been sold under nearly
100 model names. The Power Wheels logo and the model name are on each
vehicle. All models with two batteries are recalled, and certain models
with one battery are recalled. The company will help consumers identify
if their model is part of the recall. Power Wheels cars and trucks are
intended for children 2 to 7 years old, and the vehicles' speed ranges
from 1 to 5 mph, depending on the model.
Toy and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold the cars and trucks since 1984 for about $70 to $300.
Consumers should remove the vehicles' batteries right away and not let
children use these Power Wheels vehicles until the repair has been made
at the service center. To schedule the repair, consumers should call
Power Wheels at (800) 977-7800 anytime or access the company's web site
at www.powerwheels.com. Again, the company will help consumers identify
if their vehicles are part of the recall.