July 21,2000
Fisher-Price Announces Recall of Construction Toys

Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 267,000 Big ActionTM Construction toys. The Big Action Construction toy is a large plastic construction set that features a rotating crane that sits on top of a construction site. The crane has a bucket that is attached by a 25-inch strap. The bucket can be raised and lowered by using a turning crank on the crane. Children can wrap the 25-inch strap around their necks, posing a strangulation hazard.

Fisher-Price has received 16 reports of children wrapping the strap around their necks. Seven children suffered minor injuries.

The recalled Big Action Construction toys are model number 72028. The model number is on the underside of the toy. The toy has a brown base with a yellow and silver crane and a blue drawbridge. "Fisher- Price" is written on the crane. The toy has two construction vehicles and a number of boulders. Only models with a 25-inch strap attached to the crane are being recalled. Toy, mass merchandise and discount stores sold the Big Action Construction toys nationwide from January 1997 through June 2000 for about $60.

Consumers should cut the 25-inch strap off of the toy immediately and throw the strap away. Fisher-Price will provide a free replacement crane boom and bucket with a 12-inch strap so that children cannot wrap it around their necks. For more information, consumers should call Fisher-Price toll-free at (888) 821-0077 anytime. The product remedies are available only through Fisher-Price. Consumers also can visit the Fisher-Price Customer Service page at www.fisher-price.com/us/help/default.asp#safety for more information (product recall information is under "Step 3").