|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2002
Release # 02-164
|DJG Recall Hotline: (800) 536-1090
NHTSA Recall Hotline: (888) 327-4236 (recall number 02E-027)
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
NHTSA Contact: Tim Hurd, (202) 366-9550
DJG Media Contact: Carol Dingledy, (812) 372-0141 Ext. 217
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 26,000 Safety 1st and Beatrix Potter "Designer 22" infant car seats/carriers. When the seat is used as a carrier, the plastic handle can unexpectedly release from the carrying position. When this happens, an unrestrained infant can fall to the ground and suffer injuries.
Dorel Juvenile Group has received four reports of the handle releasing. No injuries were reported.
The recalled car seats/carriers were sold under the Safety 1st and Beatrix Potter "Designer 22" brand names and were manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group in the U.S. The seats were manufactured between January 3, 2002 and February 13, 2002. Only model numbers and color codes 02-621-SAL, 02-620-AZY and 02-620-BEA are included in this recall. The model number and manufacture date are located on the instruction and warning label on the side of the car seat/carrier.
Mass merchandise and department stores nationwide sold the "Designer 22" infant car seats/carriers from January 2002 through April 2002 for between $40 and $70. None of the car seats/carriers was sold in Canada.
Consumers can continue to use the "Designer 22" as a car seat but should stop using it as a carrier immediately and contact Dorel Juvenile Group to receive a repair kit. Consumers can contact Dorel at the firm's web site at www.djgusa.com, fax (800) 207-8182 or call (800) 536-1090 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Consumers with questions about this recall campaign can call the CPSC Hotline at (800) 638-2772. Consumers also can call NHTSA's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at (888) DASH-2-DOT/(888) 327-4236 (recall number 02E-027) or (202) 366-0123 for more information.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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