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December 16, 1997

Release # 98-045
CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Cosco Announce Recall for In-Home Repair of VoyagerTM Car Seat/Strollers

CPSC, Cosco Announce Recall for In-Home Repair of VoyagerTM Car Seat/StrollersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cosco Inc. of Columbus, Ind., is recalling about 6,000 VoyagerTM Car Seat/Strollers for in-home repair. The VoyagerTM Car Seat/Stroller is a combination product with an infant car seat that snaps into a frame for use as a stroller. When used as the stroller, the car seat could become dislodged and fall to the ground. Infants could be injured from the fall.

Cosco has not received any reports of car seats becoming dislodged from the stroller. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Cosco will send consumers instructions on how to modify the car seat to eliminate the problem.

VoyagerTM Car Seat/Strollers subject to this recall have manufacturing dates from September 8, 1997, through October 27, 1997. The manufacturing date is found on the car seat, not on the stroller frame. The car seat comes with a fabric canopy and seat pad. "COSCO" is imprinted into the front of the car seat.

The Cosco VoyagerTM Car Seat/Stroller was sold nationwide from September 1997 through November 1997, primarily through Wal-Mart, Target, Ames, Service Merchandise, Caldor and Montgomery Ward retail stores, for about $79.

Consumers should call Cosco at (800) 221-6736 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday for the repair instructions. Until the repair is completed, consumers should not use the car seat as a stroller. The problem does not affect the product's use as a car seat or carrier. Consumers can write to Cosco at 2525 State Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

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