Toys R Us has pulled a Tonka toy truck from the market after reports that one caught fire in Washington state while being taken home from a local store by a pair of grandparents who bought one as a present.
A spokeswoman for Toys R Us said that the ride-on toy has been pulled from stores and its website out of “an abundance of caution.” A Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck, made by California-based Dynacraft, caught on fire twice last month while being taken home by a Washington couple. Delmond Harden and his wife stopped to put out the fire, but on the way back to the Toys R Us store to return the toy, the toy burst into flames again, setting their “real truck” on fire. The cause of the fire has not been disclosed.
According to the company’s website, the toy was sold exclusively through Toys R Us. Big enough for two children, the Tonka Truck had a working dump truck bed in the back and could get up to four miles per hour. It was powered by a 12-volt rechargeable battery, according to a product description. As widely reported, problems with consumer products spontaneously catching fire have afflicted other manufacturers in recent months. Samsung, with its now-defunct Galaxy Note7 smartphone, has definitely been in the news. Samsung issued a mass recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note7 phones over reports that a defect in its lithium ion battery had caused at least 35 phones to catch fire.
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