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Injuries Prompt Recalls of Swing Sets and High Chairs

Injuries Prompt Recalls of Swing Sets and High Chairs

Numerous reports of injuries to young children prompted two firms, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, to recall two popular children’s products.

Flexible Flyer Swing Sets

About 105,400 sets were sold in the United States and Canada at Walmart, Toys R Us, Academy, and at other specialty stores, and online retailers, from December 2011 through May 2012, for between $130 and $280. The swing sets were manufactured by The Troxel Company, of Moscow, Tenn.

The Problem: The see saw seats can break away from the bolt fasteners during use, posing a fall hazard. The firm received 1,232 reports of see saw seats breaking resulting in thirteen injuries to young children that included bumps, bruises, and lacerations.

Description: The Flexible Flyer swing sets come in 11 different models each with a see saw attachment along with swings, bars, or a slide. The model number can be found on a sticker located underneath the center of the top bar of each swing set unit. Model numbers and names: 41575/BIG ADVENTURE; 41577/FUN FANTASTIC; 41578/FUN FANTASTIC II; 42003/BACKYARD FLYER; 42013/BACKYARD FUN; 42023/BACKYARD SWINGIN’ FUN; 42030/WINDSOR II; 42124/FUN TIME; 42126/FANTASTIC PLAYGROUND; 42544/TRIPLE FUN; 42560/TRIPLE FUN II.

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Flexible Flyer Fantastic Playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flexible Flyer Triple Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Do: Consumers should stop using the see saws immediately and contact Troxel to receive a free repair kit. For additional information, contact Troxel at (888) 770-7060 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at http://www.regcen.com/flexibleflyer.

Chicco Polly High Chair

About 485,690 units were sold in the United States and Canada at retail stores including Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Buy Buy Baby, Shopko and Toys R Us, as well as online outlets, including Albeebaby.com, Amazon.com, Babyage.com, Babysupermart.com, Diapers.com, and Target.com, from January 2005 through July 2012, for between $100 and $150.

The Problem: Children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair, resulting in a bruising or laceration injury. The firm is aware of 21 reports of incidents in which a child fell against the peg and received injuries, including four laceration injuries requiring medical closure (stitches, tape or glue) and one scratched cornea.

Description: This recall involves a range of Chicco Polly high chairs with pegs on the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs were manufactured prior to October 13, 2010, and have a folding metal frame for storage and a reclining seat. Contact Chicco for model #s. The Chairs were manufactured in China and imported by Artsana USA Inc., of Lancaster, Pa.

Chicco High Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Do: Consumers should contact Chicco for a free peg cover kit which will be mailed to them. To help prevent injuries before repair, consumers should store the tray on the pegs when the high chair is not in use. Contact Chicco toll-free at (800) 807-8817 between 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.chiccousa.com/pollykit.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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12:16AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Well, I guess this is one reason to stick with name brands like Greco.

I'm also wondering though, since many of these types of products usually get tested for safety before being marketed... Did they not test completely? It just makes me wonder if they really did do any testing, or if they knew of the possibilities and sent them out to be sold anyway, w/o caution or warning to the parents.

Thing is, we rely on those to be sturdy and stable. Just because we can't be on attention alert 24/7. We turn around to do dishes, or bring a basket of clothes to our basement to wash.

12:53PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thank you.

12:52PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thank you.

9:39AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:07AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Thanks.

12:11AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

I had one like this as a kid, if you swung too high the whole thing would tip over, nearly got maimed a few times but was still the best toy I had (other then the rusty holey trampoline :)

9:36PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks.

5:45PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

This is so strange to me!!It is always the parents responsibility to watch the kids and learn them the safe ways to use for instance the swings!! Of course kids fall from the swing,time to time,that's the way to learn!!
How the heck they are ever learning ANYTHING,if you keep them in from making mistakes?? If the swings are too high up,don't put too small child in it!
What is wrong with you people??

3:56PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks

2:22PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks for posting this important information Ann.

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