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November 16, 1995

Release # 96-022
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Safety 1st Recall Model #177 Bed Rail and Flashlight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Safety 1st, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., is offering to replace approximately 191,000 of its Model #177 Bed Rail and Flashlight. The bed rail's support bars may separate from the rail, if not firmly locked in place, allowing children to fall from the bed. The Model #177A is not being replaced.

Safety 1st has received more than 50 reports of injuries, including bumps, cuts and scrapes and 2 fractures, that resulted from children falling from bed when the support arms separated. The bed rail's support arms may appear locked in place when they are not. The model #177 Bed Rail and Flashlight, recommended for children ages two through five, consists of a 42" wide white plastic bed rail that attaches to two blue plastic support bars, or gripper arms, that fit between a bed mattress and box springs. The support bars have hinges so that the bed rail can be folded down and out of the way. A red plastic removable flashlight is attached to the top of the bed rail. Safety 1st will replace consumers' Model #177 with its new Model #177A.

The Model #177 was sold nationwide from January 1994 through June 1995 in juvenile product stores and chain discount stores for approximately $20.00. The blue plastic support bars of the #177A bed rail, sold since March 1995, have a large caution statement molded in the top of each support bar: "Caution: Be certain support arm snaps firmly and securely into hinge bracket prior to use. Do not disassemble!" Additionally, the Model 177A support bars permanently attach to the rail hinge with a snap-in feature.

Consumers who own Model #177 Bed Rail and Flashlight, without the caution statement, should call Safety 1st toll free at (800) 366-1282 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST for instructions on how to return the product and obtain a replacement Model #177A Bed Rail and Flashlight, which can be folded, but not disassembled.

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