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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
January 29, 1992
Release # 92-046

Century Recalls Wind-Up Infant Swing

WASHINGTON, DC -- Century Products Company, Macedonia, OH, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is voluntarily recalling its 1991 model wind-up infant swings with "Whisper-Wind" motor. Century has received 31 reports of injuries to consumers involving these swings. Most injuries were to consumers who were attempting to open the motor housing or repair swings that had stopped working.

If the plastic cover over the swing motor is removed, the powerful, coiled wind-up spring will unwind rapidly and forcefully and may cause serious injury. Injuries reported to the firm include puncture wounds and lacerations requiring immediate medical treatment.

The recall applies to approximately 181,000 Century Whisper-Wind infant swings manufactured during 1991. The five swing models involved were sold for about $30-80 nationwide (model numbers: 12-319, 12-329, 12-344, 12-345, and 12-349). Recalled units bear manufacturing date codes 9101 through 9112. The date codes are located on a white label on the bottom of the swing seat.

Century will provide a free replacement motor to all owners of affected models. Consumers should call 1-800-446-1366 to arrange for the free replacement. Century and CPSC warn consumers not to try to disassemble the swing or remove the motor housing until the new motor and complete, step-by-step instructions are received.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public.

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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