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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
February 8, 1994
Release # 94-037

Little Tikes Company Offers Free Seat Belt To Prevent Falls From High Back Toddler Swing

PRODUCT:"High Back Toddler Swing" Model 4309 manufactured by The Little Tikes Company and sold beginning January 1993. These swings have no seat belt. Beginning in September 1993 seat belts were pre-installed on all High Back Toddler Swings.

PROBLEM:Children may push up or stand in the swing and fall out of the swing. A fall could result in serious injury. Twelve injuries that included facial cuts, bruises and a broken elbow were reported to the company.

WHAT TO DO:Consumers should not use or install a Little Tikes High Back Toddler Swing without a seat belt. A free seat belt can be obtained by calling Little Tikes at (800) 868-2276.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Little Tikes Company, Hudson, OH is offering consumers a free seat belt for its "High Back Toddler Swing," Model 4309 for children ages 9 months to 3 years. Small children can push up or stand and fall out of the swing, which may result in serious injury. Twelve injuries that included facial cuts, bruises and a broken elbow were reported to the company.

The High Back Toddler Swing, Model 4309 is a plastic chair swing which comes in blue or evergreen and has yellow ropes to attach it to a backyard swing set. The Little Tikes label is on the T-bar across the front of the chair. High Back Toddler Swings were sold beginning in January 1993. High Back Toddler Swings manufactured after September 1993 have a seat belt installed on the swing.

Consumers should not use or install a High Back Toddler Swing Model 4309 which does not have a seat belt. Consumers should call Little Tikes at (800) 868-2276 for a free seat belt to prevent falls and injuries.

CPSC is announcing this as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products.

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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