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RECALLS - TOMMY SOCKS; HOTEL CRIBS

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Here is the latest recall information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For complete reports, go to: http://www.cpsc.gov. Parents are urged to take all products away from children immediately, and to discard or return tothe manufacturer according to the following: In cooperation with the CPSC, Mountain High Hosiery Ltd., of San Diego, Calif., is recalling approximately 360,000 pairs of infants'/children's Tommy Hilfiger socks. The heat-sealed flag logo appliques on these socks can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. The company has received three reports of the logo appliques detaching, but no injuries have been reported. The recalled socks are white, sold in sizes "S/M² for 6-12 months; "L/XL² for 12-24 months; and toddler shoe sizes 7-11. They have a red, white and blue Hilfiger flag logo applique on the side of each sock. Writing on the socks reads "TOMMY HILFIGER². Department and specialty stores nationwide sold two-pair packages of the socks from January 1999 through January 2000 for about $10. Consumers should stop using these socks immediately, and call Mountain High to receive an exchange or a refund. For more information, contact the company at (877) 729-4916, or via their website at www.mtnhighinc.com. Traveling families may worry about safety on the road - or in the sky - but generally we feel we can relax once we check into a hotel. But a recent spot check by The National SAFE KIDS Campaign found unsafe cribs and play yards in 82 percent of hotels and motels visited. As a result, the CPSC and SAFE KIDS have announced a crib and play yard safety initiative. Joining them is Bass Hotels & Resorts, which includes the Inter-Continental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza. (CPSC invited 24 national hotel chains to participate in the safety initiative, but only Bass agreed). Other hotels and motels are being encouraged to participate; the safety organizations have prepared information hotels can use to ensure their cribs are not hazardous. Taking the initiative a step further, Bass Hotels & Resorts will provide additional training for staff and will hold a "Crib Safety Week" where each hotel's housekeeping and maintenance staff will conduct a thorough inspection of all cribs and play yards. The ongoing inspections will help ensure that the cribs and play yards meet current safety standards, are in good repair and have not been recalled. Bass also plans to include crib safety information in hotel publications and on its website, and to promote crib safety in media events targeted to begin around Mother's Day. The SAFE KIDS' inspection which launched this initiative found cribs with loose hardware or lack of secured mattress supports that could entrap a baby; soft bedding, including quilts, comforters or pillows that could cause suffocation; and adult-sized sheets that pose a strangulation and suffocation hazard. Of the play yards and mesh cribs inspected, 52 percent had at least one safety hazard, including tears or holes in the meshing (which pose an entrapment risk to babies), and soft bedding. Each year, about 40 babies suffocate or strangle in their cribs when they become trapped between broken crib parts or in cribs with older, unsafe designs. Soft bedding such as quilts, comforters or pillows can suffocate a baby. As many as 3,000 infants die each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and up to one-third of these may have suffocated on soft bedding. The CPSC, along with the American Acadecy of Pediatrics, reminds parents to put babies under 12 months to sleep on their back with no soft bedding. Adult sheets should never be used in a crib. It is recommended that parents ask ahead if the hotel or motel in which they are planning to stay has a system in place to ensure their cribs are safe. Once checked in, they should look to see that crib sheets are fitted securely to the mattress. "Whether the hotel is on Fifth Avenue or Main Street, there's no guarantee the crib you request will be safe and in good repair," said CPSC chairman Ann Brown. "Parents who are traveling should not have to worry about the place they put their child down to sleep. I'm pleased that Bass Hotels & Resorts is joining this safety campaign. I'm very disappointed that other hotels are not participating." Heather Paul, executive director of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, said: "This informal assessment simply raises a red flag for the hotel industry that they might unknowingly be putting babies at risk. We want hotels to know there are simple steps they can take to help ensure a safe sleeping environment for their youngest guests." Thomas R. Oliver, chairman and CEO of Bass Hotels & Resorts, said: "We are committed to taking the necessary steps to help ensure that the cribs in use at our properties around the world are safe for our youngest guests." CPSC crib safety and recall information is available at its website: www.cpsc.gov or by calling their hotline at: 1-800-638-2772. Hotels and motels can download the crib and play yard safety inspection checklist by visiting the CPSC website or www.safekids.org. How to report a problem: To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772. CPSC's website can also be accessed at www.cpsc.gov. Consumers can report product hazards to [email protected]


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