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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
November 17, 1993
Release # 94-012

Graco Announces Carrier Swing Seat Retrofit to Prevent Falls From Infant Swings

PRODUCT: Graco Carrier Swings and Convert-a-Cradle Swings manufactured between November 1991 and October 1992. The swings have detachable carrier seats with a three-position handle to control the recline position.

PROBLEM: In the fully reclined position, infants can push themselves up and over the back of the seat, resulting in falls, loss of consciousness, or restricted breathing.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should call 1-800-217-7822 for a free retrofit kit. Consumers should NOT use the fully recline position of the carrier seat while it is attached to the swing.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children's Products, Inc., Elverson, PA, is voluntarily announcing a retrofit program for certain Graco Carrier Swings and Convert-a-Cradle Swings. In the fully reclined position, infants have pushed themselves up and over the back of the seat. Five infants have fallen backward out of the swing onto the floor, and one was found unconscious suspended upside down. No permanent injuries resulted.

To protect children from falls from the swings and possible injury, Graco is offering a free, easily installed attachment that will disable the fully recline position.

Approximately 208,000 Carrier Swings and Convert-a-Cradle Swings were produced between November 1991 and October 1992 and distributed nationwide. The swings have detachable carrier seats with a three-position handle to control the recline position and retailed for approximately $60 or $100 each. Graco Carrier Swings and Convert-a-Cradle Swings with carrier seats having only two positions do not need a retrofit.

All owners of Graco brand swings with detachable infant carriers should immediately check to see if the carrier seat handle adjusts to three positions. If the handle has three positions, call Graco at 1-800-217-7822 for a free retrofit kit and installation instructions. DO NOT USE the fully reclined position while the seat is attached to the swing. Consumers may also write to: Graco Children's Products, Inc., P.O. Box 100, 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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