Toys 'R' Us Pulls Toy Truck From Shelves After It's Said to Have Exploded -- Twice

Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck
Toys 'R' Us

A couple who purchased a toy truck for their grandson received an unwanted surprise from the small package when it reportedly caused a fire in the back of their actual pick-up truck. Roxsane and Delmond Harden of Bellingham, Washington said they were forced to pull over after they noticed that the Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck had ignited. Toys "R" Us has since stopped selling the toy. Here's what you need to know.

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As if it wasn't enough that the truck ignited once, it apparently caught on fire a second time as Harden attempted to return it to the store. In fact, it nearly shut down the interstate. 

 

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Thankfully, the Hardens were unharmed -- though their truck is definitely worse for wear -- as if you couldn't tell from that harrowing video.

Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Nicole Hayes said the fire seems to be a one-off and the store has not decided to issue a full recall. But the toy was removed from shelves prior to Black Friday as an investigation continues. It is no longer via the store's website either.

"We made a proactive decision to pull the item out of an abundance of caution and an investigation into the incident is currently taking place," Hayes said. "In the meantime, we are working closely with Dynacraft, the manufacturer, to determine the cause."

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Dynacraft is taking the incident seriously as well and released the following statement: 

"Dynacraft is working around the clock in cooperation with their supplier and the Toys "R" Us Management team to identify the cause." 

Hopefully, anyone who may have purchased the toy will not have a similar issue. But after last year's hot gift -- the Hoverboard -- sparked fires, you may want to reconsider if this is on your child's wish list.  Better safe than sorry -- especially when it comes to children. If you have the toy and any concerns, you may want to return it and make another seletion. 

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