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Hasbro Pays $400,000 Civil Penalty for Delay in Reporting Infant Carrier Defect

Release Date: April 03, 2000

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Hasbro Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I., paid a $400,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to timely report defects with its ""PLAYSKOOL baby FOLD'N TRAVEL"" infant carriers. Playskool Baby is a division of Hasbro.

CPSC alleges that Hasbro failed to report in a timely manner that the carrier's handle locking mechanism could fail, causing the seat to flip forward and infants to fall to the ground. Hasbro received nine injury reports, including seven serious head injuries, before it reported to CPSC. In agreeing to settle this matter, Hasbro denies that the product contained a defect and that Hasbro violated any law.

About 38,500 of these carriers were sold nationwide from 1991 to June 1993 for approximately $35. The infant carrier has a sleeping, sitting and rocking position and a handle for carrying baby out and about. Each carrier has the words "PLAYSKOOL baby FOLD'N TRAVEL" on a label where the handle connects to the seat.

Hasbro recalled the "PLAYSKOOL baby FOLD'N TRAVEL" carriers in 1996. Consumers still can participate in the recall by calling Hasbro toll-free at (800) 752-9755 anytime to receive a full $35 refund.

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