October 2, 1997
United Tradeline Announces Recall of Toy "Hot Pet Car"

United Tradeline Inc. of Arcadia, Calif., is recalling about 4,400 battery-operated toy cars. Small pieces could break off the cars, presenting a serious aspiration hazard to young children.

The Hot Pet Car is a red car driven by a yellow dog with orange ears wearing a purple bow and using a cellular phone. The car measures about 3.5 inches wide, 5 inches high and 8 inches long. When turned on, the wheels turn crookedly, and the toy plays music and sound effects. Pressing the center of the spare tire on the trunk also can activate the sound effects. The car has decals bearing the words "YAHOO!" and "NO. 1." The toy, made in China, is packaged in a green box labeled in part "HOT PET CAR," and "I.C SOUND." The model number, HK-736, also is written on the sides of the box. Small retail and toy stores sold the toy cars primarily in the Los Angeles, Calif., area from April 1997 through May 1997 for about $3.

Consumers should take these toys away from young children immediately, and call United Tradeline Inc. at (888) 898-9296 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday, or write to the company at 11800 E. Clark Street, Arcadia, CA 91006 for information on a refund.