FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 24, 1996

 

Release # 96-110


WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hedstrom Corporation of Bedford, Pa., offered a modification to 180,000 metal and wood backyard gym sets that will fix a potential flip-over problem with the sets' Star Cruiser two-passenger swing.

While Hedstrom is not aware of any injuries from the Star Cruiser, the company has received reports that children can cause the swing to flip over while they are in it, creating a risk of injury. Consumers should immediately stop using and discard the product.

Owners of Hedstrom backyard gyms can identify the red or yellow, plastic swing by the name "Star Cruiser" molded on the front below the handle. Beginning in 1994, Hedstrom sold several models of metal backyard gym sets and wood set kits that come with Star Cruiser swings in retail stores nationwide.

The firm is out of business and the modification program is no longer available. Consumers should immediately stop using and discard or destroy the swing.