March 25, 1997


Release # 97-088

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gold Bug of Denver, Colo.,is recalling over 5,400 Carter's infant carriers. The adjustable shoulder strap of the carrier can become unfastened or separate from the buckles, resulting in an infant falling from the carrier.

Gold Bug has received eight reports of straps unfastening or separating, including two reports of infants falling from the carrier and hitting their heads. The Carter's infant carrier being recalled is style no. 89000. The carrier is made of light blue quilted fabric with a waist belt, padded shoulder strap, zippered leg openings with padding, and padded back and head supports. The padded fabric is light blue, white, green, and pink. The waist belt and shoulder strap are made of white nylonwebbing with white stitching. The Carter's brand label is sewn into a seam on the carrier. The carrier is intended for children from birth to 24 months of age.

The carrier was packaged in a cardboard box labeled inpart, "Carter's Infant Carrier...0-24 months." The style number appears on the bottom of the box.
Carter's InfantCarrier

J.C. Penney sold the infant carriers in some of its stores across the country beginning in June 1996 for about $30.

Consumers should immediately stop using the carrier and call Gold Bug at (800) 942-9442 to receive a free replacement. Consumers may also receive a free replacement by writing to Gold Bug at P.O. Box 390488, Denver, CO.80239.

Carter's infant carriers with style no. 89200 are not being recalled. Style no. 89200 has black stitching at the ends of the shoulder strap that are threaded through the carrier's buckles.