Note: Repair kit no longer available. New cash incentive is being offered.
Do not use these products. Please discard or destroy these products. New responding company.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Originally issued September 2, 1997; Last revised May 10, 2004
|Release # 97-180
CPSC, Century Announce Recall to Repair Lil' Napper Infant Swings
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Century Products Company of Macedonia, Ohio, voluntarily provided a free repair kit for about 125,000 Century Lil' Napper infant swings. These swings have shoulder harness straps that are placed over each shoulder and buckled between the child's legs. If the straps on these swings loosen or are unbuckled, a child can become tangled in the straps and strangle.
CPSC and Century were aware of three deaths and one near-strangulation that occurred when children from 6 to 9 months old became entangled with the harness straps around their necks.
The repair kit is no longer available. Consumers should discard or destroy the product.
Lil' Napper infant swings subject to this recall are model numbers 12-344, 12-345, 12-347, 12-475, and 12-476. The model number is located on a small white sticker on the bottom of the swing seat under the foot area. Each swing has a plastic, two-position seat with a removable plastic tray. The seats are covered by either a vinyl or fabric seat pad. There are four white tubular metal legs supporting the swing. The Century brand name and swing controls are on the motor assembly at the top of the swing. Other Century swing models have different restraint systems and are not being recalled.
Juvenile product, department, and discount stores nationwide sold the swings beginning in 1991 for about $90.
Consumers should stop using the Lil' Napper swings immediately and discard or destroy the product. Graco, which now owns the "Century" brand name, is offering a $30.00 incentive to anyone who has one to destroy it. The incentive, and more information, is available by calling Graco (800) 345-4109.
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