October 4, 2000
Hamacas Recalls Baby Hammocks
WA (SafetyAlerts) - According to a
press release issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), Hamacas of Yelm,
Wash., is recalling 53 baby hammocks. The baby hammocks are described as being 6-feet-long
mini-hammocks. They are woven from thin cotton strings with nylon end strings in solid or
multi-striped colors. The label attached to the end loop reads, "WOVEN BY HAND AND
MADE IN YUCATAN MEXICO." Hamacas sold these hammocks on their web site as model
number HA005 from January through April 2000 for about $20.
The hammocks were built without spreader bars to hold the mini-hammock bed open, this can
allow the mini-hammocks to suddenly twist around childrens' necks and strangle them. Also,
infants sleeping on soft bedding can become wedged in positions in which they cannot
No injuries have been reported with these hammocks, but between 1984 and 1995, CPSC
received reports of 12 deaths of children in other mini-hammocks. CPSC also recommends
that babies never be placed on soft bedding. To prevent suffocation, babies should sleep
in a crib on a firm, flat mattress on their backs with no pillows or other soft bedding.
Consumers with one of these hammocks should stop using it immediately. For additional
information, contact Hamacas at (360) 493-6600 or e-mail Hamacas at
firstname.lastname@example.org/recall to receive an adult replacement hammock.
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