FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 30, 1990

 

Release # 90-084

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- MFP of Hays, Kansas, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling approximately 76,000 of its "Sof-Sak" infant bean bag cushions, because of an alleged suffocation hazard to infants. CPSC has received one report of a death of an infant found face-down after being left to sleep on the "Sof- Sak." The Commission has received 18 other reports of infant deaths on similar infant cushions made by other manufacturers.

"Sof-Sak" was sold nationwide from 1986 through February, 1990 for approximately $20.00.

MFP and the Commission staff urge consumers who have these products to stop using them immediately.

The "Sof-Sak" is a quilted, fabric covered, polystyrene pellet-filled cushion intended for use with infants. Each cushion is equipped with restraining waist and crotch straps. The name "Sof-Sak" appears on the waist strap. The manufacturer's name, along with information concerning fiber content, appears on a paper tag attached to the product. Another label includes a statement not to leave child unattended.

MFP is offering to exchange a free playmat for each Sof-Sak in consumers' hands. To obtain the playmat, cut the paper tag with MFP on it from the product, or cut off a section of the strap with the Sof-Sak name on it. Send this identification, along with a 6" x 6" piece of fabric cut from the cover to:


Sof-Sak/Playmat Exchange
MFP, Inc
P.O. Box 135
Hays, KS 67601-0135

For assistance or information, call 1-800-637-2229.