FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 5, 1998

 

Release # 98-052


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hedstrom Corp. of Bedford, Pa., recalled about 1.5 million Glide Rides, sold with backyard gym sets, for in-home repair. The Glide Ride's "J-bolt" assembly can break, causing children to fall or drop to the ground and be injured.

Hedstrom had received 17 reports of children falling or dropping to the ground when the "J-bolt" broke, resulting in scrapes, bumps, bruises and one reported bone fracture.

Hedstrom backyard gym sets with Glide Rides involved in this recall were manufactured from November 1992 through October 1996 and involve over 220 models. The model number and manufacture date are located on the Glide Ride's top bar. Both wooden and metal gym sets are involved. The Glide Ride is a two-person passenger ride, commonly referred to as a teeter totter. The Glide Ride measures about 38 inches from seat to seat and 56 inches from the bracket on the top bar to the foot rest.

Picture of Recalled Glide Ride

Department, toy and discount stores nationwide, including J.C. Penney, Toys R Us, Kmart and Wal-Mart, sold Hedstrom gym sets with the Glide Ride from April 1993 through December 1997 for about $150. The Glide Ride also has been sold separately for about $45.

Consumers should stop using and discard or destroy this product immediately. The firm is out of business and the remedy is no longer available.