April 24, 1996
Release # 96-110
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Hedstrom Announce Repair for Star Cruiser
Swing on Backyard Gyms
WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hedstrom Corporation of Bedford, Pa., is
offering a modification to 180,000 metal and wood backyard gym sets that will fix a
potential flip-over problem with the sets' Star Cruiser two-passenger swing.
While Hedstrom is not aware of any injuries from the Star Cruiser, the company has
received reports that children can cause the swing to flip over while they are in it,
creating a risk of injury. Hedstrom has developed a modification that attaches to the rear
chains of the swing to prevent children from flipping the swing over backwards.
Owners of Hedstrom backyard gyms can identify the red or yellow, plastic swing by the name
"Star Cruiser" molded on the front below the handle. Beginning in 1994, Hedstrom
sold several models of metal backyard gym sets and wood set kits that come with Star
Cruiser swings in retail stores nationwide.
To receive a free kit to fix the Star Cruiser swing on metal and wood gym sets, consumers
should call Hedstrom Corporation at (800) 233-3271 or write to the company at Sunnyside
Rd., Bedford, Pa. 15522. Consumers need to have the model number of their gym set when
they contact the company to receive the correct size modification kit.
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types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
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