April 19, 1990
Hollander Home Fashions "Mothers Helper" Infant Cushions
Newark, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - Hollander Home Fashions
is voluntarily recalling approximately 467,000 infant cushions, called "Mothers
Helper," because of an alleged suffocation hazard to young infants (under 6 months of
age) who are left to sleep on the product. CPSC has received 9 reports of deaths involving
infants 3 months of age or younger found face down after being left to sleep on the
Mothers Helper. The Commission has received 10 other reports of infant deaths on similar
infant cushions made by other manufacturers.
Mothers Helper was sold nationwide from 1986 through January 1990. Most of the cushions
were sold in Wal-Mart stores in 1988 and 1989 for approximately $8.00 each. In 1988 this
product was sold at Jamesway stores in the eastern U.S.
The Mothers Helper is a quilted, fabric covered, polystyrene pellet-filled cushion
intended for use with infants. The manufacturer's name, along with information concerning
fiber content, appears on a paper tag attached to the product. The product also bears
another tag that includes a warning never to leave the child unattended.
Hollander Home Fashions and the CPSC staff urge consumers to stop using these products
immediately. Consumers who have this product may return the paper tag with the
manufacturer's name, along with a 6" x 6" piece of fabric cut from the cover, to
the following address to receive a free infant quilt.
Hollander Home Fashions Corporation
350 Central Avenue Newark, NJ 07103
Or, return the product directly to the place of purchase for a refund.
If you are unsure whether your infant cushion is a Mothers Helper brand, or if you need
more information about how to obtain the free quilt or refund, call Hollander's toll free
number at 1- 800-233-7666 for assistance.
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