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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.

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