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December 19, 1997

Release # 98-048
CONTACT: Russ Rader
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC, Graco Announce Recall to Repair Carriers and Carrier/Swing Seats

CPSC, Graco Announce Recall to Repair Carriers and Carrier/Swing SeatsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children's Products Inc. of Elverson, Pa., is recalling about 564,000 Graco carriers and carrier/swing seats for repair. The handle on the seats can unlock unexpectedly, causing an infant to fall and be injured.

Graco has received 45 reports of handles unlocking unexpectedly, including reports of four skull fractures and two concussions.

To prevent the handle from unlocking unexpectedly, Graco is offering a free repair kit that will lock the handle in position. The repair can be installed easily by consumers without the use of tools.

Graco carriers and carrier/swing seats subject to this recall are model numbers 1300, 1301, 1310, 1350, 1501, 1502, 1530, 1723, 2788, 5510, 8108 and 36264 that were manufactured between August 1, 1993, and August 31, 1997. The model number and manufacturing date are located on the label underneath the top of the carrier/swing or under the seat of the carrier.

Juvenile product and major discount stores, such as Toys R Us and Service Merchandise, sold the carrier and carrier/swing seat nationwide from August 1993 through August 1997. The carrier sold for about $30 and the carrier/swings sold for about $100.

Consumers should stop using the recalled carrier and carrier/swing seat immediately. Consumers who previously contacted Graco by returning registration cards or ordering parts or accessories for one of these models will receive a free repair kit directly from Graco. Other consumers should call Graco at (800) 281-3676 any time for the free repair kit and installation instructions or write to Customer Affairs, Graco Children's Products Inc., P.O. Box 100, Elverson, PA 19520.

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