This is a crazy recall…The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dumar International USA today announced a voluntary recall of about 64,000 Cinderella 12-Volt Electric Ride-On Vehicles because the wires under the hood of the car and/or in the battery compartment under the seat can short circuit, posing a fire and burn hazard to children riding in the car.
The firm and CPSC are aware of 40 incidents of the toy car’s wires overheating. In several incidents, smoke was seen coming out from underneath the seat area where the battery is located. In one incident, flames shot from under the hood while a 4-year-old girl was riding the vehicle. No injuries have been reported.
The electric ride-on toy resembles the Pontiac Solstice. It is light blue and has Cinderella graphics on the front and sides. The wheels, steering wheel and two seats are pink. The white dashboard may contain an optional radio. “Pontiac Solstice” is printed on the back of the car. “Walt Disney’s Cinderella Special Edition” is printed on the license plate. It is designed for children 4 to 7 years old.
The cars were at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from August 2005 through February 2006 for about $200.
Parents are being asked to take the toy cars away from children and contact Dumar International at (866) 424-0500 or www.dumarusa.com for a free retrofit kit, including a new battery.