The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced several recent recalls affecting products that may pose a safety hazard to infants or young children.
Playtex Hip Hammock infant carrier
The Playtex Hip Hammock is an infant carrier designed to strap the baby against the caregiver’s body at the hip. It is made of a soft, quilted fabric and intended for babies that are from 15 to 35 pounds. The child seat is attached with straps that wrap around the carrier’s hips and shoulder. “Playtex Hip Hammock” is printed on a label sewn into the front of the carrier. All model numbers are being recalled.
Playtex has received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including two reports of injuries, where one infant required emergency room treatment. The Playtex Hip Hammock was sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, juvenile product, baby and discount stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 (January 2010 in Canada). Consumers should stop using the carrier and contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.
Landscape Structures’ Oodle Swings
Nine children have broken their legs or suffered sprains when their legs got caught under these swings. Landscape Structures’ Oodle Swings were sold to schools and other facilities with playground equipment nationwide from February 2011 through November 2013 for about $4,350. Consumers should stop using the swings immediately and measure the distance between the bottom of the swing seat and the ground. If the distance is less than 12 ¾ inches, contact Landscape Structures for a free repair.
The frame is a double arch, comes in a variety of colors, and measures 9 ½ ft. high by 13 ½ ft. long by 4 ½ ft. wide. The swing seat is an oval-shaped ring, measures 4 ft. wide by about 3 ½ ft. deep, comes in a variety of colors and is suspended from the frame by four black cables or chains. The swing seat holds as many as six children. Landscape Structures is printed on label near ground level on the frame. The swing set’s model number 173592 is printed in the swing’s instruction manual. “Landscape Structures” is molded in the black rubber bumper of the swing seat.
Browning Youth Buckmark Junior Hoodie Sweatshirts
The hooded sweatshirts have drawstrings around the neck area that pose a strangulation or an entanglement hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the hooded sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to Browning for a full refund. The sweatshirts were sold exclusively at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores and online at www.academy.com from August 2012 through October 2013 for about $28.
This recall includes hooded Buckmark junior sweatshirts in sizes S, M, L and XL. The sweatshirts are made of polyester fabric. The camouflaged print pullover sweatshirt comes with black drawstrings and has a yellow embroidered Buckmark logo located on the front of the garment. There are pockets located near the waist. The sweatshirt has a hood, and rib knit cuffs and waist. The affected SKU’s included in the recall are: size S: 3011332001, M: 3011332002, L: 3011332003, XL: 3011332004. The SKU number is printed on a tag located behind the main label on the back of the collar.
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