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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
December 20, 1991
Release # 92-033

Graco Announces Free Retrofit Kit For Walker Accessory Tray To Prevent Risk of Injury Due To Small Parts

Washington, D.C. -- Graco Children's Products, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that a play tray sold as an accessory for Graco walker model #45537 could pose a small parts hazard under certain conditions. All of the affected walker play tray units were sold before September of 1991. The firm has determined that some children may be able to remove the soft plastic "music button" on the accessory musical play tray. The small part which results could be ingested or cause a choking hazard. Graco has received fourteen reports of removal, including two incidents of near choking. There have been no reports of permanent of serious injury as a result of these incidents.

Graco Tot Wheels II Walkers with the play tray designated by the model number 45537 are the only walkers affected. The music button pad with nine numbers on these walkers is BLACK. Approximately 11,000 of these walkers are believed to be in use by consumers. NO OTHER GRACO WALKER, WALKER WITH PLAY TRAY OR WALKER WITH PLAY GYM IS INVOLVED.

Because of the company's desire to protect children from any possibility of injury, a free, easy to use, kit is being offered to consumers who have Graco walkers which were supplied with play trays. All owners of Graco brand walkers with play trays are advised to immediately check to see if the music buttons on their play tray are BLACK. If they are, consumers should immediately call 1-800-338-1206 for a free retrofit kit. Again, no other walkers or walker accessories are involved.

Until the kit arrives and is installed, consumers should not use their walker with the play tray installed.

Further information may be obtained by writing Graco Children's Products, Inc., P.O. Box 303, Elverson, PA 19520.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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