JANUARY 29, 1997

Tonka Announces Recall of Soft Walkin' Wheels Toy Vehicles

Tonka Corporation, a division of Hasbro Inc. of Pawtucket, RI, is voluntarily recalling about 1 million Soft Walkin' Wheels (model 90165) toy vehicles, with serial numbers lower than 9528 or no serial number at all. The small wheel hubs can separate from the axle, creating a potential choking hazard.

Tonka has received about 40 reports of wheel hubs separating from the axle, including two reports of children starting to choke.

Soft Walkin' Wheels are battery-powered, soft toy vehicles designed to move across floors in the home. They are covered in brightly colored nylon fabric and are available in five styles: dump truck, school bus, airplane, train, and fire truck. Soft Walkin' Wheels included in this recall have serial numbers lower than 9528 or do not have a visible serial number. The numbers are printed in blue ink on the sewn-in label that displays the toy's cleaning instructions, brand name, and model number. Major toy stores and mass merchandise outlets nationwide sold these toys beginning in January 1994 for about $15.

Consumers should take these recalled toys away from children immediately. To receive a free replacement, consumers may call Tonka at 1 (800) 524-8107. Consumers may also return the toys to the store where purchased for a free replacement or full refund.