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                   LEGO Recalls Toy Trucks
          Due to Puncture Hazard to Young Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of Product: LEGO EXPLORE Super Trucks

Manufacturer: LEGO Systems Inc., of Enfield, Conn.

Hazard: The plastic wheels on the truck can detach, expos-
ing a metal axle. This poses a puncture hazard to young 
children.

Incidents/Injuries: LEGO Systems, Inc. has received 10 
reports of a wheel detaching. Two children received 
serious puncture injuries resulting from the exposed 
metal axle once the wheel detached. Another child fell 
when the wheel came off of the toy truck. 

Description: LEGO EXPLORE Super Truck is a toy-in-toy 
product designed for children ages 18 months and up. 
The toy features a red plastic pick-up/dump truck that 
measures about 15-inches high and 19-inches wide with 
four 7-inch black plastic wheels that are packed with a 
box of 40 LEGO DUPLO bricks in the cargo area. The unit
has a row of DUPLO “studs” across the top of the cab, 
molded yellow headlights and stickers on the front and 
sides of the unit create the idea of a windshield, 
windows and doors depicting a LEGO figure in the driver’s 
seat. The LEGO Explore logo is printed on the door 
stickers. The box of DUPLO bricks is not included in this 
recall.

Sold at: Various retailers nationwide, including Toys “R” 
Us and Wal-Mart, from August 2002 through August 2004 for 
about $20.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled toy 
trucks (not the bricks) immediately and contact LEGO 
Systems for information on receiving a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact 
LEGO at (800) 718-1858 anytime, or visit www.LEGO.com

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     Playskool Voluntarily Recalls Toy Tool Benches
            after the Death of Two Toddlers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer 
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool, of Pawtucket, 
R.I., is voluntarily recalling about 255,000 Team Talkin’ 
Tool Bench toys following the deaths of two young children.

Playskool received reports that a 19-month-old boy from 
Martinsburg, W.V., and a 2-year-old boy from League City, 
Texas, suffocated when oversized, plastic toy nails sold 
with the tool bench toys became forcefully lodged in 
their throats. Though the toy nails are not considered a 
small-part, and the toys are intended for children age 3 
and older, Playskool is voluntarily conducting a recall 
as a precaution to prevent additional incidents.

The Team Talkin’ Tool Bench™ is a 20-inch tall plastic 
toy tool bench with an animated red toy saw, a yellow 
toy drill and a blue toy vice. The toy talks and makes 
various sound effects, including tool sounds. The product 
also includes a toy hammer, screwdriver, two 2¼-inch 
plastic screws, two 3-inch plastic nails and pieces to 
build a small toy plane. The red Playskool logo is on the 
front of the brown surface of the tool bench. 

The toy was sold at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys 
stores and various other stores nationwide from October 
2005 through September 2006 for about $35.

Consumers should immediately take the two toy nails away 
from children and contact Playskool to get information on 
returning the nails for a $50 certificate for a Playskool 
(or its related companies’) product.

For additional information, call Playskool at (800) 
509-9554 anytime, or go to their Web site at
www.playskool.com

Consumers can also view a video clip about this recall. 
This is in "streaming video" format. 

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       CPSC Launches Major Campaign To Drive Down Deaths
and Serious Injuries Associated With All-Terrain Vehicles

CPSC, 4-H Council, NASCAR Legend and ATV Racing Champion 
Join Forces To Encourage Riders To “Take Knowledge to the 
Extreme”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - From the rugged trails of West Virginia 
to the sand dunes in southern California, the sound of all-
terrain vehicles in action can be heard across the country. 
However, in many communities, it is news accounts of tragic 
incidents being heard. To reduce the number of deaths and 
injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is 
leading a major campaign to educate riders young and old 
on the safe use of ATVs.

At a news conference today, CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy 
Nord stated, “ATVs are not toys, especially adult ATVs, 
which can travel at 60 miles per hour and weigh up to 800 
pounds. Children should only ride youth model ATVs – there 
have been too many children killed while driving or riding 
as a passenger on adult ATVs.”

Joining Acting Chairman Nord were National 4-H Council CEO 
and President Donald Floyd and NASCAR Racing Legend Richard 
Petty.

The number of four-wheel ATVs in use in the United States 
has increased from just over 2 million to more than 6.9 
million over the past decade. From 1982 through 2004, there 
were nearly 6,500 deaths involving ATVs. In 2004 alone, an 
estimated 136,000 people were treated in hospital emergency 
rooms for ATV related injuries – many life-altering. In 
2003, an estimated 740 people died nationwide in ATV 
incidents. About 30 percent of all deaths and injuries 
involve children younger than 16. 

CPSC’s campaign includes: new television and radio public 
service announcements; the creation of www.ATVSafety.gov, 
a new Web site for riders, parents, trainers, local and 
state officials, and the media; use of CPSC’s Neighborhood 
Safety Network; and partnering with organizations and 
officials dedicated to promoting ATV safety.

CPSC is encouraging all riders to “take knowledge to the 
extreme” by participating in a training course and follow-
ing our core rules for safe riding: 1) never allow a child 
to operate or ride on an adult size ATV, 2) always wear a 
helmet and protective gear, 3) never ride tandem on a one-
person ATV, 4) never ride on paved roads, and 5) never 
ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

While CPSC believes that there would be a decline in deaths 
and injuries if riders followed these safe riding practices,
the agency has also proposed new rules to make riding safer. 
These include:

Banning 3-wheeled ATVs, which present three times the risk 
of injury compared to 4-wheel ATVs and have re-emerged 
through the import market, Internet and secondhand dealers; 
Making the current voluntary standard mandatory, which 
would require all ATVs to meet U.S. safety standards; Call-
ing for three models of youth ATVs instead of two and set-
ting speed limitations for each youth model; Requiring 
retailers to offer free training to all ATV purchasers and 
members of their immediate family; Requiring retailers to 
provide a written form to purchasers warning against the 
use of adult ATVs by children and giving death and injury 
statistics related to children riding adult ATVs. The 
public has until October 24, 2006 to provide comments to 
the CPSC concerning our proposed rules. Comments can be e-
mailed to: tstevenson@cpsc.gov

ATV’s are growing in popularity and the knowledge on their 
safe use must grow as well. The CPSC is committed to doing 
its part – consumers, parents, manufacturers and retailers
must do theirs as well. By taking knowledge to the extreme, 
all ATV riders can go down a fun, yet safer path. 

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