June 13, 2001Battat Incorporated Recalls
NY (SafetyAlerts) - Battat
Incorporated is recalling about 1,500 Parents(TM) magazine-brand Soft Landing Beanbag
cushions. This product is an infant cushion manufactured by Battat for Parents(TM)
magazine. Infant pillows and cushions have been banned under the Federal Hazardous
Substances Act since 1992 because they pose a suffocation hazard to infants. In addition,
two 8- to 9-inch cords, which attach toys to the cushions, pose strangulation hazards.
Battat has received one report of the cord attached to the rattle on one of these cushions
becoming wrapped around the neck of a 7-month-old baby boy, causing red marks.
The airplane-shaped cushions, measuring approximately 27 inches long by 21 inches wide,
are covered in various solid-colored cloth panels, and are filled with plastic foam
pellets. They have a "smiley face" on the front with a propeller that spins and
makes clicking sounds, and a plush nose. The back of the cushion has a circular target
design. Side pockets on the wings have a "My First Passport" book with circle
teether and a heart-shaped rattle attached. The cushions' hang tag reads in part,
"Parent's PLAY + LEARN ...Fun and safe for all ages...Battat Inc... Made in
Thailand." Writing on the packaging states that the product can be used for infants 6
months and up to nap, and that the cushions are "not considered a safe sleeping area
Target stores nationwide sold the cushions from September 2000 through May 2001 for about
Consumers should take the cushions away from children immediately and return the cushions
to a Target store for a refund. Consumers also can send their cushions to Battat
Incorporated, Attention: Valinda Cayetano, Quality Assurance, 44 Martina Circle,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901 for a refund plus mailing costs. For more information, consumers
should call Battat Incorporated at (800) 247-6144 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday, or visit the Battat web site at www.battat-toys.com.
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