October 10, 2002Oriental International Trading
Has Recalled Baby Walkers
Angeles, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- Oriental International Trading Company has recalled
about 3,500 baby walkers. The walkers will fit through a standard doorway
and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these
walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.
Oriental International Trading has not received any reports of injuries
involving these walkers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the
possibility of injury.
This recall includes the "Honey" model baby walker. The walkers are intended
for a baby 5 months and older. They were sold in blue, yellow or pink with a
padded seat and an activity tray. Model numbers included in the recall are
820, 860, 862 and 802. The model numbers are printed on the seat backs. A
warning label on the walker reads in part, "WARNING: Suitable for babies
between five and ten months old."
Independent discount stores located in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois,
North Carolina and New York sold these baby walkers from May 2001 through
June 2002 for between $18 and $22.
Consumers should stop using these walkers immediately and return them to the
store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can
contact Oriental International Trading Company at (866) 666-9868 between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
CPSC worked with industry to revise the voluntary standard for baby walkers
to address injuries from falls down stairs. The revised standard was
published in 1997. Children falling down stairs in walkers have accounted
for most baby walker-related injuries. New walkers that meet the voluntary
standard have special features that stop the walker at the top step. Baby
walker-related injuries to children under 15 months old have declined over
60 percent from an estimated 20,100 in 1995 to 7400 in 2000.