|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2004
Release # 04-076
|Slide-N-Swing Contact: (800) 888-1232
Slide-N-Swing Media Contact: Michael Fitzpatrick, (608) 756-4141
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Swing-N-Slide "Mega Rider" Swings
Manufacturer: Swing-N-Slide, of Janesville, Wis.
Hazard: The plastic handle on the Mega Rider swing could crack at the seat connection allowing the metal connecting rod to pull out. If this occurs, a child on the swing could fall to the ground.
Incidents/Injuries: There has been one report of a swing breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled backyard playground "Mega Rider" swing can be used by one or two children. The blue-colored plastic "Mega Rider' is suspended from a crossbeam by four plastic-coated chains. Children sitting back-to-back push in different directions to make the swing move back and forth. Printed on the handle below the seat connection in raised lettering are the words, "Swing-N-Slide," 1212 Barberry Drive, Janesville, WI, Made in U.S.A., 1-800-888-1232, THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN FROM THE AGES OF 2 TO 10 YEARS. READ INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO USE."
Sold at: Lowe's and Home Depot stores by special order and through Ace, DIBC, TruServ, Handy Hardware, Emery Warehouse, and Federated co-ops and buying groups nationwide from March 2003 through October 2003 for about $90.
Manufactured in: USA
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the "Mega Riders" immediately and return them to the company for a replacement product with increased material thickness. Swing-N-Slide will provide consumers with a self- addressed box to return the product.
Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact Swing-N-Slide at (800) 888-1232 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the company's Web site at www.swing-n-slide.com (note - recall is no longer on firm's web site), or write to Mega Rider Recall, Swing-N-Slide, 1212 Barberry Drive, Janesville, WI 53545.
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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