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.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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