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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
May 3, 1993
Release # 93-066

Recall Update: Pansy Ellen Products Recalls Additional Graduate Booster Seats

PRODUCT: "Graduate Booster Seat," model #415 and model #4156 sold by Pansy Ellen Products. Model #415 booster seats with a blue base and a white seat that fits into four different slotted positions were recalled on March 4, 1993. The recall is now being expanded to include model #4156 and booster seats with a white base and a red seat. The back of the base is labeled in part: "THE GRADUATE* Pansy Ellen."

PROBLEM: The seat component may either slide out of the slot in the chair base or fall from its slotted position due to inadequate engagement between the seat and the base. Pansy Ellen is aware of at least 527 such incidents. Minor injuries have occurred including bumps, cuts and bruises.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should examine their "Graduate Booster Seat," model #415 or model #4156. If the seat does not fit securely into the slots of the base, immediately discontinue use of the product. The consumer can obtain a $5.00 partial refund by sending the white or red seat component of the booster seat to: Pansy Ellen Products, Inc., 1245 Old Alpharetta Road, Alpharetta, GA 30202. Consumers with questions may call Pansy Ellen Products at (404) 751-0442.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pansy Ellen Products, Inc., of Alpharetta, GA, is voluntarily recalling certain "Graduate Booster Seats," model #415 and model #4156. On certain of the booster seats the plastic seat may either slide out of the slot in the chair base or fall from its slotted position. Pansy Ellen is aware of more than 527 complaints of seat failures, and some of the reported incidents have resulted in bumps, cuts and bruises to the children.

The Graduate Booster Seat, model #415, with a blue base and a white seat was recalled on March 4, 1993. The recall is now being expanded to include model #4156 and booster seats with a white base and a red seat. The seat slides into four different slotted positions in the seat base. The back of the booster seat is labeled, in part: "THE GRADUATE* Pansy Ellen."

Approximately 680,000 of the affected booster seats were sold in retail stores nationwide from 1987 through 1991. The seats retailed for between $10.99 to $13.99 each.

Consumers should examine their "Graduate Booster Seats," model #415, and model #4156 to make certain that the plastic seat fits securely into the slots of the seat base. If the seat does not fit securely, the consumer can obtain a $5.00 partial refund by sending the white or red seat component of the booster seat to Pansy Ellen Products, Inc., 1245 Old Alpharetta Road, Alpharetta, GA 30202. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact Pansy Ellen Products at (404) 751-0442.

CPSC is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different 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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