FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fisher-Price Recall Hotline: (800) 432-5437
July 21, 2000
Release # 00-146
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling baby jumper seats and preschool toys. About 882,000 Hop, Skip, Jumpers are being recalled along with about 267,000 Big ActionTM Construction toys.
Recall of Hop, Skip, Jumpers
The Hop, Skip, Jumper is an activity seat for babies to sit in while suspended from a doorway. There is a spring attached to a suspension strap, allowing babies to use their feet to bounce up and down, while being supported by the seat. The spring that suspends the jumper seat from the doorway can break. Babies can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries.
Fisher-Price has received 80 reports of the springs breaking. Twenty babies have been injured. The injuries include nine lacerations to heads, five of which required stitches or staples, a dislocated tailbone, a black eye and bumps, bruises and scrapes.
Only model numbers 9144 and 9146 are being recalled. The model number is molded into the underside of the plastic tray attached to the soft seat. The jumper is red and blue, or all blue, with a bright yellow propeller decoration on the front of the seat. "Fisher-Price" is written on the front of the tray. Fisher-Price will help consumers determine if they have a recalled jumper.
The Hop, Skip, Jumpers were sold by mass merchandise, juvenile products and discount stores from January 1987 through January 1994 for about $25.
Consumers should stop using the jumpers immediately. Fisher-Price will provide a free repair kit with a new, suspension strap to support the jumper seat if the spring breaks. The repair can be done quickly and easily in the home.
Recall of Big ActionTM Construction Toys
The Big Action Construction toy is a large plastic construction set that features a rotating crane that sits on top of a construction site. The crane has a bucket that is attached by a 25-inch strap. The bucket can be raised and lowered by using a turning crank on the crane. Children can wrap the 25-inch strap around their necks, posing a strangulation hazard.
Fisher-Price has received 16 reports of children wrapping the strap around their necks. Seven children suffered minor injuries.
The recalled Big Action Construction toys are model number 72028. The model number is on the underside of the toy. The toy has a brown base with a yellow and silver crane and a blue drawbridge. "Fisher- Price" is written on the crane. The toy has two construction vehicles and a number of boulders. Only models with a 25-inch strap attached to the crane are being recalled.
Toy, mass merchandise and discount stores sold the Big Action Construction toys nationwide from January 1997 through June 2000 for about $60.
Consumers should cut the 25-inch strap off of the toy immediately and throw the strap away. Fisher-Price will provide a free replacement crane boom and bucket with a 12-inch strap so that children cannot wrap it around their necks.
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