April 10, 1990
Hedstrom and Sears Brand Gym Sets with "Glide Rides"
Bedford, PA (SafetyAlerts) - If you own certain
Hedstrom and Sears brand gym sets with "glide rides," and they haven't been
retrofitted with glide guards to prevent potential finger amputations and lacerations, the
Hedstrom Corporation wants to hear from you. Hedstrom is renewing its campaign to provide
free glide guards to owners of sets sold from 1982 to July 1, 1988, because of low
consumer response to its original offer and because 19 additional injuries have been
This announcement is being made at this time to avoid additional injuries as the weather
gets warmer and children are more likely to play on the unrepaired gym sets. The affected
model numbers are: Hedstrom Brand numbers 4-277, 4-377, 4-677, 4-777, 4-778, 4-877; and
Sears Brand numbers 72226, 72026 and 72066. The model number is on an identification label
located on the top bar of the gym set. Each model has a 2-3/8 inch diameter top bar with a
glide ride assembly attached with a V- bolt bracket. Approximately 370,000 of these models
If you have one of the models listed above, and it has not been equipped with a glide
guard, please help prevent further injuries. Contact Hedstrom immediately for a free glide
guard by calling 1-800-233-3271, in Pennsylvania call 1-800-242-9034, or write Hedstrom
Corporation, Department 100, P.O. Box 432, Bedford, Pennsylvania 15522-0432.
In November 1988 Hedstrom and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
originally announced that glide guards were available for these gym sets. At that time the
firm was aware of 12 incidents where a child stood on the slide or crossbar, reached over
to propel or stop the motion of the glide ride, and entrapped or pinched a finger in the
bracket mechanism. The reported injuries included severed or amputated fingertips and
Since then 19 more serious injuries have been reported and only about 14,000 consumers
have requested the free glide guards. Hedstrom and the Commission are very concerned about
the continuing incidents and low response rate and are making another effort to reach
owners of unrepaired models.
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