December 10, 1998L.L. Bean Inc. Recalls Backpack
Freeport, ME (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), L.L. Bean Inc. is recalling about 10,000
backpack child carriers, model number AC25. Small children can become entangled in the
carrier's harness,which poses a strangulation risk. Also, small children can work their
way out of the harness and fall through a leg opening or topple out of the top of the
carrier, which can cause head and body injuries.
L.L. Bean has received 23 reports of children falling out of the harnesses by slipping
through a leg opening or toppling out of the top of the carrier. It was reported that 10
of these children received injuries, including head bumps, bruises, abrasions and
contusions. Four of these children became entangled by the harness straps around their
These forest green L.L. Bean Child Carriers have gray harnesses, and model number AC25,
which is written on a tag in the upper left side of the rear storage compartment. These
"backpack" carriers have kickstands for loading the child into the carriers. The
"L.L. Bean " label is on the back of the carrier.
The L.L. Bean website and catalogs, and L.L. Bean retail stores in Maine, Oregon, New
Hampshire and Delaware sold the carriers between January 1997 and October 1998 for about
Consumers should stop using the carriers immediately and call L.L. Bean at (800) 555-9717
anytime to receive instructions for returning the carrier for a refund or for any other
information about this recall.
Other models of L.L. Bean backpack child carriers are not part of this recall.
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