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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
July 20, 1994
Release # 94-106

Gerry Recalls Good Vibes Infant Carriers

PRODUCT: A small percent of approximately 9,500 Gerry Baby Products Company Good Vibes Infant Carriers, models 037 and 038, with handles manufactured in the second week of September 1993. The infant carriers have date codes molded inside the back of the handles which are imprinted in two small circles. For all carriers included in this recall, the left circle has the number "93", representing 1993 in the center of the circle. It also has an arrow pointing to the number "9", for September, on the outer edge. The right circle has an arrow pointing to the number "2", indicating the second week of the month. No other Gerry infant carriers are involved in this recall.

PROBLEM: Due to a production error, some of the white plastic handles may break, causing the carrier and infant to fall and possibly injure the infant.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should check the handle code of their Good Vibes infant carriers. If the number "93" is in the center of the left circle, check the left and right circle arrows. If the arrow in the left circle points to "9" and the arrow in the right circle points to "2", call Gerry at (800) 403-6633 for a free replacement Good Vibes Infant Carrier.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerry Baby Products Company (Gerry), of Thornton, Colo., is offering free replacement infant carriers to approximately 9,500 consumers who have Gerry model 037 and 038 Good Vibes Infant Carriers with handles molded in the second week of September 1993. Consumers should contact Gerry toll-free at (800) 403-6633 to determine whether they own the recalled Good Vibes Infant Carriers and to obtain free replacement infant carriers.

Gerry determined that a manufacturing error occured during the second week of September 1993 that could cause some of the handles produced during this period to break. A broken handle can cause the carrier and infant to fall, possibly injuring the infant. To date, Gerry has received three reports that a handle broke and an infant fell from the carrier. In one case, the infant suffered a bruised forehead. Although only a small percent of the handles molded during the production period are defective, Gerry is recalling all Good Vibes Infant Carriers with handles molded in the production run that occurred in the second week of September 1993. No other Gerry infant carriers are involved in this recall.

Consumers should check the code in the circles inside the back of the handle of their Good Vibes Infant Carriers. If the circle on the left has the number "93" in its center and an arrow pointing to the number "9" on the outer edge and the circle on the right has an arrow pointing to the number "2", call Gerry toll-free at (800) 403-6633 for a free replacement Good Vibes infant carrier. Consumers may also call the toll-free number to determine whether their infant carriers are recalled.

The recalled Gerry Good Vibe Infant Carriers were sold nationwide after September 7, 1993.

Gerry and CPSC are announcing this recall to prevent the possibility of injuries.

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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