April 13, 20007 Million Older Graco Infant
Swings Recalled to Upgrade Safety Restraints
Elverson, PA (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children's Products Inc. is
providing new safety restraints for about 7 million infant swings made before November
According to the CPSC, six deaths
have occurred when parts were missing or the restraints were not used and infants slid
down the swings' seats and became tangled in the restraints. In five instances, the swings
were second hand. Of 209 incidents, 181 were reports of infants falling from the swing. In
nine of the falls, infants suffered serious injuries including bone fractures and
concussions. Twenty-two infants were caught at the neck or chest.
These new restraints will upgrade
older swings. The restraint systems on the older swings consist of a waist belt only and a
hinged or removable tray, which serves as a restraint. If parts are missing, the
restraints are not used, or the tray pops off, infants can slip down into the seat and
strangle or fall from the swing.
Graco is offering a free, new safety
restraint to replace the swings' old restraint systems. The safety restraint kit comes
with instructions and can be installed easily. The new safety system has a buckle that
assures the crotch strap is used each time the waist belt is buckled, so that infants are
securely fastened into the swings.
If consumers have a Graco infant
swing, they should call Graco to determine if their swing needs a new safety restraint.
The swings are battery-powered or wind-up, and are either the traditional A-frame or open
top design. Some models have removable seats, which can be used as an infant carrier.
Graco will help consumers identify swings that need new safety restraints.
Mass merchandise, juvenile products
and major discount stores nationwide sold the Graco swings through approximately January
1998 for between $70 to about $120.
Consumers should stop using the
swings immediately. To receive the free safety restraint, consumers should call Graco at
(800) 934-9082 anytime.
Consumers may also visit Graco's
website at www.gracobaby.com or write to Customer
Affairs, Graco Children's Products Inc., P.O. Box 100, Elverson, PA 19520.
Consumers should have the swing in
front of them when they call so that Graco can determine if the swing needs the new safety
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers April 13, 2000.
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