A Tonka toy dump truck has been recalled from Toys “R” Us store shelves just before one of the largest shopping days of the year, after one of the toy trucks reportedly caught fire, engulfing a consumer’s vehicle in flames.
The Toys “R” Us Tonka truck recall was announced by the manufacturer, Dynacraft, on November 21, following a consumer report out of Washington state. To date, the incident appears to be isolated, and no other reports of fires have been identified. However, Toys “R” Us has pulled the Tonka truck from store shelves pending an investigation.
According to the report, a 12-volt Tonka Mighty Wheels dump truck toy caught on fire while being taken home by Roxsane and Delmond Harden, of Washington state. They had just purchased the truck from a Toys “R” Us store in Bellingham, Washington for their grandson. Before they could make it home, the toy erupted in flames, catching the bed of their Ford Ranger on fire.
Reports from local law enforcement indicate that the fire sent flames as high as 15 to 20 feet in the air before the local fire department could arrive.
Following the incident, the manufacturer of the Tonka toy, Dynacraft, released a statement on their cooperate webpage on November 21, indicating that production of the 12-volt Tonka Mighty Wheels dump trucks would be halted and all of the toys would be removed from store shelves pending an extensive investigation.
The toy recall includes Tonka Mighty Wheels dump trucks that are equipped with a rechargeable 12-volt battery. The recalled toy trucks feature two passenger seats with adjustable play seat belts for children to ride up to 4 miles per hour with a working dump bed at the back for “realistic action and authentic Tonka sound effects to add realism.”
Dynacraft announced that the reported fire in Washington State appears to have been an isolated incident. Dynacraft has announced they are working closely with Toys “R” Us management and their suppliers to pull the toys from stores shelves and from online sales at Toysrus.com until the root cause can be determined.