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November 17, 1999

Century Offers Cash Reward for Recalled Infant Swings

Four strangulation deaths reported

Macedonia, OH (SafetyAlerts) - In the wake of   another death, Century Products Company is renewing their recall campaign to achieve the repair of their Lil' Napper infant swings, which present a serious strangulation hazard to infants.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) an eight month old infant in Texas recently died due to the hazardous nature of the swing, this brings to four the number of deaths associated with the recalled product.  Despite a nationwide effort over the past 2 years to alert the public about this recall, Century believes there may be as many as 125,000 of the swings still in use.

The swings, which were manufactured by Century from 1991 through 1997, have shoulder harness straps that are placed over each shoulder and buckled between the infant's legs. If the straps on these swings loosen or are unbuckled, an infant can become tangled in the straps and strangle.

These infant swings were originally recalled back in September of 1997.  Prior to the recall the company had received reports of three deaths and one near strangulation from entanglement in the swings' shoulder harness straps.

To encourage consumers to repair their swings, Century is offering a $30 cash reward to each consumer who fixes the swing. In addition to offering the $30 reward, Century is taking further steps to get the word out, including direct mail notification to thrift stores and notices in new infant and convertible car seats.

The recalled Lil' Napper infant swings can be identified by the following model numbers, located on the bottom of the swing's seat: 12-344, 12-345, 12-347, 12-475 or 12-476. The Century brand name is on the motor assembly at the top of the swing. Each swing has a plastic, two-position seat with a removable plastic tray. The sets are covered by either a vinyl or fabric seat pad. There are four white tubular metal legs supporting the swing.

Parents and caregivers should immediately stop using these infant swings. To receive the repair kit and the $30 reward, call Century at (800) 231-1448 anytime or access their web site at

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