Toys ‘R’ Us has stopped selling a Tonka toy dump truck after a couple in Bellingham, Washington who purchased the item were driving home when it burst into flames in the back of their pickup truck.
Delmond and Roxsane Harden had just left the store with a ‘Tonka Mighty Wheels dump truck’ as a Christmas gift for their grandson when the toy burst into flames in the back of their Ford ranger.
“Sparks and smoke coming from inside of the box, like fire,” Roxsane Harden told CBS. “Like, it was hot.”
“I said: ‘We’ve got to pull over. We’ve got to get out of this truck,’” Roxsane Harden said. “So we pulled over. Flames start shooting.”
A state trooper attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher but was unsuccessful at doing so.
“The officer, when he looked on, he said the flames appeared to be 15, 20 feet high,’” Delmond Harden said. “It was pretty shocking.”
“So they told me to get whatever I needed out of the car, like my purse,” said Roxsane Harden. “So I’m in the back grabbing my purse and stuff and as I’m leaning over, I hear, ’Pop!’ and all this glass shattered in front of me. And then there was smoke and dust inside.”
Toys ‘R’ Us said in a statement that they are stopping sale of the truck and are going to work closely with the manufacturer to determine how this incident happened.
“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. In the meantime, we are working closely with Dynacraft, the manufacturer, to determine the cause.”
Pictures from the incident can be seen below:
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