Recall: SLM Corporation Recalls Toy Motorized Zippers Airplanes



August 22, 1991

(301) 504-7908

Release # 91-111


SLM Corporation Recalls Toy Motorized Zippers Airplanes

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SLM Corporation of Gloversville, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 267,000 sets of the Buddy L Motorized Zippers Airplanes, model numbers 3135, 4635, 3137, 4637 and 4160. The airplane wings may break during use producing small parts that could be a fatal choking hazard to young children.

Zippers Airplanes were sold in individual, two, three and four packs. The airplanes measure three inches in length with a wingspan of two and one-quarter inches. Embossed on the bottom of each airplane are the words "BUDDY L CORP. 1989 PATENT PENDING MADE IN CHINA." Each airplane is a different color with two black tires in the back and one smaller black tire in the front. Some of the airplanes have "BUDDY L" printed on the sides.

The package reads in part: "Pull 'Em Back Let 'Em Zip,! Motorized Zippers Airplanes, Buddyl ACTION...China."

The Motorized Zippers Airplanes were sold nationwide in retail and toy stores from January 1989 to February 1991. The sales price ranged from approximately $2.00 to $7.50 each depending on the model.

CPSC discovered the violative toy during routine retail surveillance.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Consumers are urged to take the airplanes away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact SLM Corporation at 1-800-442-7440.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to help reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths that occur each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products within CPSC's jurisdiction.