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RECALLS - MULTI-USE STROLLERS, GYM TOYS AND BEANBAG CUSHIONS

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Here are the latest recalls 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 to the manufacturers according to the following: Multi-Use Strollers: Century Products Co. is recalling 650,000 Take 2, Travel Solutions, Pioneer, Travelite and Pro-Sport 4-in-1 strollers. The strollers can collapse suddenly and the car/seat carrier adapter can unexpectedly detach, causing the child to fall to the ground and suffer serious injury. The model names for the strollers can be found on the footrest, the seat pad, the legs of the frame or on a white label on the side locks. These strollers were sold between December, 1996 and March, 2001 for $100-$200. Consumers should stop using these strollers immediately and contact Century toll-free at (800) 766-9998 anytime to order a free repair kit. Consumers also can log on to the company's website at www.centuryproducts.com or write to Consumer Affairs, Century Products, Box 100, Elverson, Pa. 19520. Parents, however, can continue to use the strollers as car seats so long as they follow the instructions. Gym Toys: K.B. Toys is recalling 115,000 Electronic Light N'Learn activity gyms. The Electronic Light N' Learn activity gym is a multi-colored toy that converts into three different toys: a crib toy, a floor gym and a musical keyboard. The rattle toys contain small round pegs at the top that can break off and pose a choking hazard to young children. A label under the handle of the gym's main console reads, "ELECTRONIC LIGHT N'LEARN ACTIVITY GYM MODEL 8735, MADE IN CHINA." The toys were sold nationwide in K.B. Toy stores, outlets and Odd Lots from September 2000 to January 2001 for between $20 and $30. Parents should take these toys away from children immediately and return them for a refund. Consumers who purchased the toy online can also return them to the closest K.B. Toy store or call K.B. Toys toll-free at (800) 279-5066, from 8am-1pm Monday through Saturday, and from 10am-10pm Sunday. The website for K.B. Toys is www.KBKIDS.com. Toy Baking Sets: BRIO is recalling 6,450 toy baking sets. The set has a hand mixer that includes a knob that can come off and pose a choking hazard to children. The red, yellow and blue mixers are sold along with toy utensils such as a rolling pin, mixing bowl and baking molds. The BRIO SMALL BAKING SET and BAKING SET has a clear plastic tote that is clearly labeled and reads, "PARENTS: ENSURE THE ITEMS ARE WASHED THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE." The recalled baking sets have a model number of either 31798 or 31795 and were sold nationwide from March 1999 to April 2001 for $15 to $25. Parents should take away the mixer from children immediately and call BRIO toll-free at (888) 274-6869 from 7:30am-4pm Monday through Friday for a refund or replacement. Beanbag Cushions: Battat Incorporated is recalling about 1,500 ParentsTM magazine-brand Soft Landing Beanbag Cushions. The infant pillows and cushions can cause suffocation and the two 8- to 9-inch cords that attach toys to the cushions can pose strangulation hazards. Battat has received one report of the cord attached to the rattle on one of these cushions becoming wrapped around the neck of a 7-month-old baby boy, causing red marks. The airplane-shaped cushions have solid-colored cloth panels and are filled with plastic foam pellets. There is a "smiley face" on the front with a propeller that spins and makes clicking sounds. The back of the cushion has a circular target design. Side pockets on the wings have a "My First Passport" book with circle teether and a heart-shaped rattle attached. The cushions' hang tag reads "Parent's PLAY + LEARN ...Fun and safe for all ages...Battat Inc." Target stores sold the cushions from September 2000 through May 2001 for about $24. Consumers should take the cushions away from children immediately and return them to a Target store for a refund. Consumers also can send cushions to Battat Incorporated, Attention: Valinda Cayetano, Quality Assurance, 44 Martina Circle, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901 for a refund plus mailing costs. For more information, consumers can call Battat Inc. at (800) 247-6144 between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, or visit the Battat website at www.battat-toys.com or the Target website at www.target.com. Baby Boy Bodysuits: The Gymboree Corp. is voluntarily recalling about 5,500 baby boy bodysuits. The wheel-shaped zipper pull can twist off and become a choking hazard. Although Gymboree has not received any reports of injuries, they are recalling the product to prevent future possibility of injury. The baby bodysuits are short-sleeved, one-piece outfits for toddlers sizes 0-3T. The bodysuits come in green and red, and have a wheel-shaped zipper pull. On the left arm of the outfit is a patch that says "1st Place Soap Box Derby." A white care label inside the outfit reads, "Made in Thailand" and "2000 Gymboree." The bodysuits were sold on Gynmboree's website and in stores from Mary 2001 through May for about $17. Consumers should return the outfits to any Gymboree store for a full refund. For more information, consumers can also call Gymboree toll-free at (800) 222-7758 between 6am-2pm.Monday through Friday, or log on to the company's website at www.gymboree.com. Remote Controlled Toy Race Cars: Equity Marketing Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 4,300 remote controlled race cars. The cars can overheat and emit smoke which could be a potential burning hazard. The cars are black with the number 28 printed in red on the doors and the Texaco logo printed on the hood. They are about 8 inches long and 2 inches high. A black cordless remote control is sold with the cars and reads "FORWARD" and "REVERSE" in yellow print. Texaco gas stations sold the cars from May 2001 through June 2001 for about $12. Consumers should stop using these cars immediately, remove the batteries from the remote controlled race cars and remote controls and return them to the Texaco station where they bought them for a full refund. Consumers can also return the items for full refund by getting a prepaid shipping label by calling Equity Marketing Inc. at (888) 747-4355 between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday or by writing to Remote Controlled Car Recall, Equity Marketing Inc. at 6330 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90048. Consumers can also check their website at: www.equity-marketing.com. Child Table Seats: Inglesina USA Inc., of Montclair, N.J. is voluntarily recalling about 780 table chairs. The seats were sold without a seat belt, which make them hazardous to children who climb out of them. The table seat has a metal frame with a fabric cover, and connects to the edge of a table allowing children to sit and eat at the table. The table seat does not have legs. Instead, it is suspended in the air by clamps that connect to the underside of the table. The chairs come in blue and yellow and have the name "Inglesina" printed on the arms and the back of the seat. Department stores and toy stores sold the table chair from June 2000 through May 2001 for about $50. Consumers should immediately stop using the seats and call Inglesina USA toll-free at (877) 486-5112 between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday to receive a replacement or a full refund. 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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