FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772 

January 21, 1999

 

Release # 99-053


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Swede, LLC, Cleveland, OH, is recalling about 240,000 "Baby Bjorn" fabric infant carriers for repair. Small infants can slip through the leg openings and fall. Infants that are under 2 months of age are at greatest risk.

CPSC and Baby Swede, LLC are aware of nine reports of infants slipping through the leg openings of these carriers and falling to the ground. Six of these infants suffered fractured skulls.

The "Baby Bjorn" Infant Carrier is a soft-fabric, front carrier sold in navy-blue, black, denim, forest green and other colors. The name "Baby Bjorn" is printed on the front and strap of the carrier.

Juvenile specialty stores and mail-order catalogs nationwide sold these carriers from January 1991 through October 1998 for about $75.

Consumers should immediately stop using these carriers for children under 2 months of age. All carriers need to be repaired. Baby Swede, LLC is offering consumers a free retrofit kit that, when attached to the carrier, will reduce the size of the leg openings. All consumers should call Baby Swede, LLC toll-free at (866) 424-0200 anytime to receive the retrofit kit.

Carriers currently being sold are not included in this recall.

Picture of Recalled Infant Carrier

Conumers can also view a video clip about this recall (Transcript). It is about 13 megabytes long and the download time depends upon the speed of your Internet connection.