|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Release # 87-073|
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fisher-Price, East Aurora, New York, today announced it is voluntarily making available to consumers a free modification kit for approximately 41,000 of its Model 9110, combination carriage/strollers manufactured prior to July 1, 1986. A child's head or body can fall through an opening in the stroller when the seat is reclined. Although no serious injuries have been reported to date, the firm is taking corrective action to prevent that possibility.
The combination carriage/strollers involved have fabric canopy side panels attached to the seat back with fabric fasteners. The fasteners can detach, leaving an open space when the stroller back is reclined through which an infant's head or body can fall.
Fisher-Price has received 17 complaints that children's heads or arms protruded through the opening. In two cases the infant fell from the stroller. Fisher-Price has corrected the problem and models produced after July 1, 1986 are not affected. These models have a fabric liner stitched in place.
The strollers were distributed by Fisher-Price between April 1985 and May 1986 and sold for about $100 in retail stores nationwide. Strollers subject to this program can be identified by the date of manufacture printed on the label on the back of the seat. Only those strollers dated prior to July 15, 1986 are affected.
Fisher-Price will provide a free modification kit that will close the opening and prevent the possibility of a child's head or body falling through. The modification kit will still allow use of the multi-position feature of the seat back. Consumers can obtain the free modification kit with complete installation instructions by calling 800-233-4004 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST or by writing to Fisher-Price Consumer Affairs, PO Box 16, East Aurora, New York 14052.
Until owners receive and install the modification kit, the strollers should not be used with the seat back reclined. For assistance in determining if your product is affected by this modification program, consumers may also call the CPSC toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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