April 24, 1995


Release # 95-100

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, Playskool Inc. of Pawtucket, R.I., is issuing a repair kit to fix Playskool 1-2-3 Swings, which can tip while in use.

The initial shipments of 31,500 1-2-3 Swings, first available to consumers in March 1995, did not include the plastic ties that are needed to secure the swing's ropes in the correct position to keep the swing stable. Four consumers reported to Playskool that the swing tipped, causing children to fall out of the swing resulting in minor cuts or bruises.

Consumers should stop using the 1-2-3 Swing and call Playskool at (800) PLAYSKL for a free set of positioning ties and instructions to repair their swings. Consumers should not use the 1-2-3 Swing again until they install the ties.

Playskool is inserting repair kits in all store stocks; these reworked swings will be identified by a label on the box stating "Consumer Assembly Required." Current shipments of the 1-2-3 Swing, distributed in a box labeled "Consumer Assembly Required," include a package of ties. Playskool will change future production of the 1-2-3 swing to include metal screws instead of plastic ties. Playskool says both methods are effective in stabilizing the swing on the ropes to prevent tipping.