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|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
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