American toy retailer Toys R Us recently recalled all Tonka toy dump truck models after one of the models burst into flames in the vehicle of a couple who had just bought the toy in Bellingham, Washington.
The couple had bought the toy for their grandson and were returning home in their Ford Ranger when they saw sparks and smoke coming out of the back of the pickup truck, where the product was kept. The truck is a 12-volt Tonka Mighty Wheels dump truck.
"Sparks and smoke coming from inside of the box, like fire. Like, it was hot," Roxsane Harden said.
"I said: 'We've got to pull over. We've got to get out of this truck. So, we pulled over. Flames start shooting," she added.
The state troopers who tried to douse the flame couldn't control it with a fire extinguisher. The fire department had to be called in to put the fire out. Their vehicle was completely destroyed in the fire.
"The officer, when he looked on, he said the flames appeared to be 15, 20 feet high,'" Delmond Harden, Roxsane's husband, said. "It was pretty shocking," he added.
"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," she added.
Toys R Us has said that it will not be selling the truck while it investigates the issue.