A ride-on toy Tonka truck has been pulled from Toys R Us stores after a Washington state couple said it burst into flames in the back of their vehicle.
Roxsane and Delmond Harden of Bellingham, Washington, said they had just purchased the Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck for their grandson from a Toys R Us store when, without warning, it caught fire on Friday.
“I said, ‘We’ve got to pull over. We’ve got to get out of this truck,’” Roxsane Harden told CBS News. “So we pulled over. Flames start shooting.”
By the time firefighters arrived, the couple’s pickup truck was engulfed in flames.
“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?” Delmond Harden told local NBC affiliate KING-TV.
A Toys R Us spokeswoman said the company is now working with the toy’s manufacturer, Dynacraft, to determine what caused the toy to ignite.
“Although this appears to be an isolated incident, out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing a stop-sale and pulling the item from our stores and Toysrus.com pending further investigation,” the store stated in an email on Monday.
The truck, which has two child-sized seats, has received poor reviews on Toys R Us’ website and sites like Amazon.com. Many of the reviews cite battery problems.