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1951 MURRAY CHAMPION PINK PEDAL CAR
One of the most popular pedal car types is the Murray. Murray Manufacturing was founded in the early 1900's, with a factory in Ohio to produce pedal cars, bicycles, toys, and automobile parts. In the years prior to World War II, they produced many Steelcraft toys, including smaller metal toys and pull toys. They also produced a few cars under the Steelcraft name during the 1920's and 1930's. What they are really known for, however, is the production of ride in cars and bicycles in the 1940's and 1950's, during the height of pedal toy popularity. The 'Murray' name was not actually used on their products until 1940; today, it is nearly synonymous with the classic pedal toy.
Today, these classic Murray cars are prized by collectors, who even snap up reproductions of the original Murray models, some of which the Murray company stopped producing over fifty years ago. Hobbyists are even reproducing parts of these original Murray cars in the hopes of restoring cherished toys of the 1950's and 1960's. They are even memorialized in a series of Hallmark ornaments. Restored versions can cost thousands of dollars, depending on rarity. A powder blue Champion sports car built by Murray sold at auction for over seventy thousand dollars, enough to purchase a brand new full-size car.
This feminine pedal power cruiser is just perfect for the little girl in your life! This fully assembled, nostalgic pedal car is great as a collectible or as a ride-on toy. Made of sturdy stamped steel, it features fashionable two-tone colors, rubber tires, and functional steering. The pedals adjust to grow with your child. The pedal action promotes healthy child exercise. Comes fully assembled. Ages 3 to 6 (depending on child's size)
AS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO OUR CUSTOMERS
NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPSC, Alpha International Announce Recall of Pedal CarsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), Alpha International Inc., also known as Gearbox Pedal Car Company, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling about 75,000 pedal cars. The paint coating on some of these pedal cars contains high lead levels. CPSC standards ban toys and other children's products containing high levels of lead. Young children could ingest the lead from the car's paint coating, presenting a lead poisoning hazard.
Alpha International has not received any reports of injuries involving these pedal cars. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
There are 17 models of the pedal cars included in the recall. Models include three fire trucks, four police cars, eight sedans, one yellow taxi, and one dump truck. Model names are listed below:
Fire Trucks: "Fire Truck," "John Deere" and "Texaco."
Police Cars: "NYPD," "Chicago Police," "Highway Patrol" and "EMERGENCY 911."
Sedans: pink "Champion," blue "Champion," "Texaco," "John Deere," "Citgo," "Raley's Coca-Cola," "Raley's Keebler," and "Red Lion."
All of the pedal cars are made of metal and come in a variety of colors. Most of the cars have a "Gearbox" logo on the seat back, the hubcaps, and/or the pedals. The pedal cars were manufactured in Korea.
The two "Raley's" cars were sold exclusively at Raley's supermarkets from July 2000 through December 2000. Department, toy, and specialty/collectible stores sold all of the other pedal cars from November 1999 through January 2002 for between $100 and $500.
Consumers should take these pedal cars away from young children immediately. Consumers can contact Alpha International at (800) 368-6367 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to receive a replacement car or return the products to the place where purchased to receive a full refund.
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