Release # 83-063  


Washington, D.C. --In cooperation with the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Century Products, Inc., of Stow, Ohio, today announced a voluntary repair program involving two models of its super coupe baby walkers. The models involved are No. 8209 and 8210, which were produced between September, 1982 and November, 1982.

The Super Coupe Walker contains an adjustment for the seat height which allows the walker to be set at 20 different height settings. When the height setting is adjusted in the low to middle ranges and if force in excess of 20 pounds is applied to the walker, the possibility exists for the walker to collapse. The collapse could result in the infant falling to the floor and the pinching or laceration of the infant's fingers when the unit folds up. The Commission is aware of at least six instances of walker collapse resulting in two lacerations.

Century Products, Inc., upon learning of the potential for collapse, notified all retailers and made available to them a repair kit to be placed upon the units before their sale. All affected units in the possession of retailers at the beginning of 1983 were to have undergone repair by the retailer. Century is now advising consumers to check the underside of the walker's plastic tray to see if stickers containing the model number 8209 or 8210 still appear. If so, this may be an indication that the repair was not made. Units containing any other model number are not affected.

The repair kit is no longer available. Consumers owning Super Coupe Models 8209 and 8210 should discard or destroy the product.

Further information on this repair program may be obtained by calling the company's customer service number at 800-345-4109, or the Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free Hotline at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.