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.
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.
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.
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.
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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