September 6, 2001
Champions Ertl Inc. (RCE), of Dyersville, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling about
11,600 John Deere Kids Toolboxes. The toy's carrying handle can break, creating
small parts and a sharp plastic edge that pose a choking and laceration hazard
to young children.
The children's toolbox is a soft-shelled, plastic, green box with a yellow handle and yellow raised letters that read "John Deere." A John Deere Kids logo with a fawn inside a red oval is imprinted on the front of the toolbox. The toolbox is sold with a green and yellow plastic ratchet wrench and pliers inside. Stamped on the bottom of the product is "JOHN DEERE LICENSED PRODUCT" and "MADE IN CHINA." All yellow-handled toolboxes are included in this recall. John Deere dealers and other farm supply retail stores nationwide sold the toys from June 2001 through September 2001 for about $13.
Parents and caregivers should take the toy away from young children immediately and contact RCE at (866) 898-4999 anytime for instructions on returning these toys and receiving a free replacement toolbox. John Deere Toolboxes with green handles are not included in this recall.