Toys “R” Us has announced that it will stop selling their Tonka truck product on Sunday. A Washington family had purchased one for their grandson as a Christmas gift but the Tonka truck caused their real pick-up truck to burst into burst into flames.
The Harden family had bought the Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck on Friday from a local Toys “R” Us but the toy caught fire on the way home. As they put out the fire and drove back to the store, the toy ignited again setting their real truck on fire.
“The firefighter doused the truck with water and I’m, I still can’t believe it, we almost shut interstate-5 down, and it was just a toy for our grandson, who would have known,” Harden told NBC Seattle affiliate KING.
Toys “R” Us had apologized and issued a refund. Nicole Hayes, a spokeswoman for the toy retail company said the fire is an isolated incident and the company has not instated a full recall. The toy has been taken off shelves until the issue is investigated further. It has been removed from the store’s website. “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,” she said. “In the meantime, we are working closely with Dynacraft, the manufacturer, to determine the cause.” Dynacraft has not responded to requests for comment.