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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
March 24, 1992
Release # 92-065

Island Wood Products Offer Retrofit to Correct Swing Set Glider Hazard

WASHINGTON, DC -- Island Wood Products of Mableton, GA in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is offering a retrofit kit to owners of the Fort Apache, Kitty Hawk, Treetop, Islander, Pirates Fort, and Lookout Tower swing sets. The wooden gliders on these models have protruding bolts that may cause serious head or body laceration to children. The retrofit kit will provide new bolts and nuts designed to eliminate possible laceration injuries.

One incident has been reported by a consumer to both CPSC and the firm. A three-year-old received a head injury when he fell under the glider and hit the protruding bolts.

The wooden swing sets were sold at various home improvement and hardware stores in the East from September 1989 through 1991. Approximately 8,500 sets sold for $247 to $550 each.

Consumers who purchased a Fort Apache, Kitty Hawk, Treetop, Islander, Pirates Fort, or Lookout Tower swing set with a glider are urged to call Island Wood Products at 1-800-729-5033 to receive a free retrofit hardware kit.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

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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