The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in voluntary cooperation with Fisher-Price is recalling Power Wheels Lightning PAC Scooters and Power Wheels MX3 Mini Bikes. Roughly 29,000 scooters and 5,000 mini bikes are affected by the recall.
If tires are over-inflated, the plastic rim within the wheel can break, causing the tire to rupture. This poses the risk of facial and hand injuries while inflating the tire. These scooters and mini bikes were previously recalled in 2003 due to motor control circuits that could malfunction causing the scooters and mini bikes to continue to run after the power or throttle button was released.
For the Lightning PAC Scooter, Fisher-Price has received six reports of incidents, including two reports of facial injuries and two reports of hand injuries to children and adults. For the MX3 Mini Bike, Fisher Price received one report of a facial injury.
The recalled scooter's model number is 73530. The recalled mini bike's model number is 73535. The model numbers are located inside the battery compartment. The recalled scooters or mini bikes have a warning label located near the inflation valves. If the warning label reads “Never inflate above 30 psi,” the scooter or mini bike is not subject to this recall. Recalled units had warning labels that did not warn about inflating higher than 30 psi.
Both items were manufactured in China and sold at discount department and toy stores nationwide from November 2001 through April 2003 for about $250 for the scooters and $200 for the mini bikes.
Consumers should take the recalled scooters and mini bikes away from children immediately and contact Fisher-Price to receive new warning labels and a free tire gauge to provide assistance during inflation. To prevent over-inflation, Fisher-Price recommends using a manual pump to inflate the tires.