CPSC, Kelty Announce Recall to Repair Backpack Child Carriers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 1999
Release # 00-037
Company Media Contact: (800) 423-2320
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

CPSC, Kelty Announce Recall to Repair Backpack Child Carriers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kelty, of Boulder, Colo., is recalling for repair approximately 26,000 Kelty K.I.D.S. backpack child carriers. The seat height adjustment strap on these carriers can slip out of the buckle. A child can slide downward in the seat unexpectedly and could fall out of the carrier.

Kelty has received two reports of children slipping down inside the carriers after the height adjustment strap came loose. Neither child fell out of the carrier, and there were no reports of injury.

There are six models of these Kelty K.I.D.S backpack carriers: Expedition, Trek, Explorer, Country, Elite and Town. The model name is written on the side of the carrier. The carriers are blue and have the Kelty K.I.D.S. logo on the back rest of the seat. Kelty also manufactured a carrier that L.L. Bean sold under its "L.L. KIDS" label and has the "Kelty" logo on the black frame hinge that connects the kickstand to the main frame.

Specialty and sporting good retailers, including L.L. Bean, REI and Eastern Mountain Sports, sold the recalled backpack carriers nationwide from March 1999 through December 1999 for between $100 and $250.

Consumers should immediately stop using these backpack carriers, and contact Kelty for instructions on getting the free repair kit. For more information, consumers should call Kelty at (800) 423-2320 between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to Kelty's web site at www.kelty.com.

Kelty and L.L. KIDS carriers purchased prior to March 1999 have a different type of seat adjustment strap and are not included in this recall.

Picture of Back Pack Carrier

 Picture of Strap and Buckle