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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 1995

Release # 96-003
CPSC: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193

CPSC, Playschool Announce Recall to Repair The 1-2-3 High Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Playskool today announced a voluntary recall to repair program for all of Playskool's 1-2-3 High Chairs. Playskool has learned that plastic joints on some of its 1-2-3 High Chairs have cracked. These cracks may cause the high chair to collapse. Playskool has received ten reports of injuries, including bumps, bruises and one concussion.

Approximately 300,000 1-2-3 High Chairs were sold between May 1994 and October 1995. Playskool estimates that consumers have reported cracks in 1.5 percent of the high chairs sold. The high chairs were distributed nationally through wholesale and retail outlets for approximately $74.99. Playskool has asked all wholesale and retail outlets to stop selling the high chairs until a repair kit that will prevent the cracking can be included with each chair.

Cracks in the chair have appeared on the pivot joints at the top of the chair legs. The repair kit features a nylon strap that will stabilize the high chair's legs and prevent any stress cracks in the pivot joints. The strap attaches easily between the high chair's front and back base.

Consumers with a Playskool 1-2-3 High Chair should inspect it carefully for cracks at the pivot joints or elsewhere. If there are no cracks, the consumer should contact Playskool for a free repair kit. If consumers find any cracks in their 1-2-3 High Chair, they should stop using the chair immediately, and contact Playskool for a free replacement chair.

Consumers should call Playskool's toll free number (800) 752-9755 to receive the repair kit or to obtain further information. Consumers can also write to Playskool 1-2-3 Repair Program, 200 Narrangansett Park Drive, P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket RI 02860-0200. Media inquiries for Playskool should be directed to Wayne Charness, (401) 727-5983.

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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