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RECALLS - INFANT CARRIERS, BABY SWINGS, BABY CLOTHES

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Here are the latest recalls frpom 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 to the manufacturers according to the following: Two Fisher-Price products are being recalled - the "3-in-1 Cradle Swing" with detachable carrier, and the "Bounce 'n Play Activity Dome". The 3-in-1 Cradle Swing has a detachable seat that can be used as a carrier; when used as a carrier, the locks for the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to flip forward. There have been 28 reports of the carrier's handle unexpectedly releasing when used as a carrier, resulting in injuries to 10 infants - including a skull fracture, bumps, bruises and scrapes to the head. Some injuries even occurred to infants who were restrained in the seat. The recalled swings are model numbers 79321 and 79322, sold nationwide from March 1997 through January 1999 for about $100. While parents can continue to use the seat as a cradle swing, they should stop using the swing's seat as a carrier immediately. Fisher-Price will provide a free home repair kit that will lock the carrier's handle in place. The Fisher-Price Bounce 'n Play Activity Dome is a portable play and nap space for indoor and outdoor use. Resembling a pop-up tent, the dome features a zippered canopy attached to a raised metal frame that suspends the play and nap surface so that it can bounce. But the nylon bands that hold the surface level can detach, allowing the surface to tilt - causing an infant to slide down against one end and be trapped in a position in which it is difficult to breathe, posing a suffocation hazard. No injuries have yet been reported but there have been 28 reports of the nylon band detaching. To determine if the Bounce 'n Play Activity Dome is part of the recall, check the notice tag on the bottom of the product. Model number 79534 is on the left side of the tag and a 6-character code is on the bottom of the tag. All codes that end with number 8 are included in the recall. All codes that end with number 9 and begin with numbers 001 through 286 are also included in the recall. The Domes were sold nationwide from December 1998 through March 2000 for about $50. Domes with a green dot on the bottom of the product and a "quality approved" sticker on the box have been repaired and are not recalled. Consumers should stop using the Bounce 'n Play Activity Dome immediately, and contact Fisher-Price for a free home repair kit that will strengthen the support for the play and nap surface to keep it level. To receive free repair kits for either one or both of these infant products, or for more information, consumers should call Fisher-Price at 1-800-505-0600 anytime weekdays; or access www.fisher-price.com. Hasbro recently paid a $400,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to timely report defects with its "Playskool Baby Fold 'N Travel" infant carriers. The problem in question was the same one occurring in the Fisher-Price carrier - a failing handle locking mechanism. CPSC allegations claim that Hasbro received nine injury reports, including seven serious head injuries, before it reported the problem. About 38,500 of these carriers were sold nationwide from 1991 to June 1993 for approximately $35. While the carriers were recalled in 1996, consumers still can participate in the recall by calling Hasbro toll-free at (800) 752-9755 anytime to receive a full $35 refund. Other infant car seat/carriers which have been recalled due to failing handle lock mechanisms are: - Evenflo, On My Way Model 207 and 492 made before July 27, 1997 - Cosco "Arriva" and "Turnabout" models made before September 9, 1997 - Kolcraft "Infant Rider," "Secura," and other models made from January 1, 1993 through June 30. Healthtex is recalling about 260,000 of its baby garments because snaps can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies. No injuries have been reported but 10 reports of snaps detaching have been received. The garments were sold under the 'Healthtex' and 'Little Impressions' labels in sizes newborn to 24 months. There are 58 different styles included in this recall; style numbers can be found on the back of the neck tag or inside seam. They are one- and two-piece infant garments with long sleeves and full crotch snaps for boys and girls. The male portion of the snap can be identified by the name "SNAPET" stamped inside. The garments were sold in various colors and prints including pastels, stripes and plaids. Writing on the collar label includes "Made in Thailand" and "100% cotton". The garments sold nationwide May-December 1999, for between $12 and $30. Parents are urged to call and see if their baby garments are part of this recall. If so they can be returned to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange. Consumers also can return garments directly to the manufacturer. For more information, call (800) 554-7637, 8am to 8pm weekdays, or write to: VF Playwear, 310 Rockingham Drive, Reidsville, NC 27320. Consumers can also access http://www.healthtex.com/Pages/shop_recall_page1.asp to see the styles and style numbers included in this recall. After six infant deaths and over 200 falls, Graco Children's Products Inc. is providing new safety restraints for about 7 million infant swings made before November 1997. Parents are being offered a free, new safety restraint to replace the swings' old restraint systems. Easily installed, the new safety system has a buckle that assures the crotch strap is used each time the waist belt is buckled, so that infants are securely fastened into the swings (injuries have occurred when restraints were missing or not used, or from the tray popping off). The swings in question arebattery-powered or wind-up, and are either the traditional A-frame or open top design. Some models have removable seats, which can be used as an infant carrier. They were sold until January 1998, retailing between $70 and $120. Consumers should stop using the swings immediately. To receive the free safety restraint, call Graco at (800) 934-9082 anytime or visit Graco's website at www.gracobaby.com, or write to Customer Affairs, Graco Children's Products Inc., P.O. Box 100, Elverson, PA 19520. Graco urges parents to have the swing at hand when they call so that it can be determined if the swing needs the new safety restraint. Kmart is voluntarily recalling about 280,000 children's decorative lamps - after receiving eight reports of the lamps short circuiting and catching fire, resulting in property damage. No injuries or deaths have been reported. The recall involves "Little Ones" wooden accent lamps, in six different styles: an airplane lamp, alphabet letters (ABC) lamp, numbers (123) lamp, baseball with bat lamp, train lamp and sailboat lamp. Each is approximately 15 inches high with wood base. A price label on the bottom of the base reads, "Made in China for Kmart Corporation". Kmart stores nationwide sold the lamps from January 1993 through March 2000, for between $13 and $15. Consumers should immediately unplug the lamp and return it to their local Kmart for a refund. For further information, contact Kmart at (800) 63KMART anytime. More recalls of jogging strollers: -PRODUCT: BOB Sport Utility Stroller and BOB Sport Utility Stroller D'lux. These strollers have three wheels; are pacific blue and black, or hunter green and black; and each stroller has a canopy. Sold nationwide November 1998- March 2000, for $280-$370. PROBLEM: The stroller's front wheel connector can crack during use, causing the wheel to separate from the frame. A jogger could lose control of the stroller or the stroller could suddenly collapse resulting in injury to a child. No injuries have been reported, although there have been seven reports of the wheel connector cracking causing the front wheel to become loose. WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the stroller immediately, and return it to the store where purchased for repair. Consumers also can return the strollers to BOB Trailers for repair. For more information, call (800) 893-2447, noon-8pm weekdays, or access http://www.bobtrailers.com/safetynotice.html. - PRODUCT: Baby Trend is recalling to inspect about 1,500 "Road Runner" jogging strollers. These are aluminum, three-wheeled strollers with hand brakes, and the seat and back is made from a blue canvas-type fabric. The stroller has a three-strap harness that secures the child in the seat. Two additional straps snap together and secure the back corners of the seat to the stroller frame. "Baby Trend" is written on the aluminum frame. Model number 9592T is being recalled; these were sold through Baby's 'R' Us stores nationwide between January 1999 and April 1999 for about $200. PROBLEM: Strollers were shipped without straps attached to the frame to secure the seat. Unless the frame straps are attached, a child in the seat of the stroller can lean forward and fall out. Baby Trend has received one report of an 8-month-old baby boy leaning forward in a stroller with unsecured seat straps, falling out of the seat and bumping his head. WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these strollers immediately and examine the stroller to determine if the seat is strapped to the stroller frame. For more information, consumers should call Baby Trend at (800) 328-7363, 11:30am-7:30pm weekdays or write to Baby Trend Inc., 2019 S. Business Pkwy., Ontario, CA 91761. Consumers also can visit the company's web site at www.babytrend.com. How to report a problem: To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC¹s hotline at (800) 638-2772. CPSC¹s website can also be accessed at www.cpsc.gov. Consumers can report product hazards to [email protected]


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