June 5, 2001Hedstrom® Recalls 190,000
Swings on Backyard Gym Sets
Bedford, PA (SafetyAlerts) - Hedstrom® Corp.
and their subsidiary Backyard Products, of Collingwood, Ontario, are recalling to repair
about 190,000 Star Cruiser® and Rocket Rider® swings on backyard gym sets. Screws that
hold the swing together can fall out, causing the seat to fall to the ground, posing an
injury risk to children.
Hedstrom has received 291 reports of seats separating, including 19 children who suffered
lacerations, scrapes and bruises.
The recalled swings, which come with separate pieces for the seat and handle bars/leg
rest, were sold with Hedstrom metal and wood gym sets, wood kits, and as accessories. The
Star Cruiser has a one-piece seat, with a white plastic circle and the words, "Star
Cruiser" and "Hedstrom" on the front of the handle bars/leg rest. A mesh
backing, called a Safe-T TM Backrest, can be connected to back of the seat. The Rocket
Rider is a 'see-saw' swing, with a white seat on which two children can sit back-to-back.
The words, "Rocket Rider" are printed on the front of each of the two handle
Department, toy, discount, lumber, and hardware stores nationwide, including Toys
"R" Us, Wal-Mart and Kmart, sold the gyms from September 2000 through April 2001
for $150 to $400.
Consumers should stop using the swings immediately and detach them from the gym set.
Consumers should call Hedstrom toll-free at (800) 642- 9193 anytime to order a free
repair. Consumers also can log on to the company's website at www.hedstrom.com or write to
the company at Hedstrom Corp., Free Repair Kit, P.O. Box 432, Bedford, PA 15522.
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