March 25, 2002
PRODUCT: Changing Tables - Childcraft Education Corp. of Lancaster, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 700 wooden changing tables with steps. The overall size of the wooden changing table is 42 inches long by 26 3/4 inches wide by 36 inches high. The front of the unit has three doors, behind a door are toddler steps that slide out and in when not in use, while the other doors house a storage area with two sliding drawers. The top changing table has a quilted vinyl pad, built-in safety straps, and a wall shelf unit. The recalled changing tables with steps were manufactured prior to December 1, 2000. Childcraft Education Corp. sold the recalled changing tables with steps to daycare centers and pre-schools from January 1998 to May 2001 for about $700.
PROBLEM: When one of the front doors is open, a child's finger can become stuck inside spaces between parts of the hinges, causing finger crushing or pinching to occur while the door is closing.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES:Childcraft Education Corp. has received two reports of children having had their fingers caught inside the hinges. One child required stitches and the other needed surgery.
WHAT TO DO:Consumers should stop using these changing tables immediately and contact Childcraft Education Corp. to receive a free repair kit. For more information, call Childcraft Education Corp. at (800) 631-5652 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, visit its web site at www.childcraft.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
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