Toys “R” Us has announced that it will stop selling certain Tonka Trucks due to a Bellingham, Washington family’s experience. According to the Harden family, the Tonka truck, which was a Christmas gift for their grandson, caught on fire. The family stated that they had bought the Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck from Toys “R” Us.


Delmond Harden tried extinguishing the fire, but the toy ignited again, causing an explosion. Hardon was shocked that a toy for his grandson would be capable of almost shutting down an interstate due to the fire it caused. Nicole Hayes, a Toy “R” Us spokeswoman, said that the toy has been removed from shelves and their website. They are working with Dynacraft, the manufacturer of the toy, to further investigation the cause. A recall has not been issued at this time. Dynacraft acknowledges the incident and is taking very serious by trying to find the cause for the explosion.

Manufacturers and retailers must do a better job of ensuring that defective toys do not reach the hands of our youngest citizens.

The non-profit organization World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has been at the forefront of child safety issues for decades. Please check out its website at for this year’s “Ten Worst Toys” list, as well as other safety tips and information.

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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