FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

April 19, 1990

(301) 504-7908

Release # 90-080

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At its initiative, and with the support and assistance of its supplier, Gold, Inc., Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is voluntarily recalling more than 11,000 "Support Sack" bean bag infant cushions because of a suffocation risk. AAFES sold these cushions worldwide at post/base exchanges. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received reports of 19 infant deaths involving this type of infant cushion although there are no known deaths with cushions sold by AAFES.

The Support Sack involved in the recall is a quilted fabric covered, polystyrene pellet-filled cushion, sometimes called a "bean bag cushion," intended for use with infants. Each cushion is equipped with restraining waist and crotch straps. Other retailers have sold these or similar infant cushions. This notice is limited to bean bag infant cushions sold at Army and Air Force exchanges.

AAFES and the Commission staff urge consumers who have these cushions to stop using them immediately. Authorized exchange customers should return the cushions to any exchange for a refund of the purchase price.