|February 3, 2005
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Memory Trunks
Units: About 1,600
Importer: Once Upon a Family, of Irvine, Calif.
Hazard: The lid can fall on a child who is looking or reaching inside entrapping the child at the neck, which poses a risk of strangulation. Also, the lid can close and self-fasten, entrapping the child inside the trunk, which poses a suffocation hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Once Upon A Family are aware of one incident where the lid of a trunk fell on a 2-year-old boy, entrapping him between the lid and the base. The child was not injured.
Description: The yellow and tan Memory Trunk is about 22-inches long by 14-inches wide by 13.5-inches high and made of fiber board. It is decorated with photos of family activities and various phrases, such as "A Childhood Cherished," "A Place in Time" and "Mementos and Memories." Once Upon A Family intended the trunk for use as a storage box for childhood mementos and does not intend it for use by children.
Sold by: Sales consultants at home events nationwide from November 2002 through October 2004 for about $100.
Manufactured In: Hong Kong, China
Remedy: Consumers should keep the Memory Trunk out of reach of children and contact the firm to receive a free repair kit. The repair kit includes a warning sticker and a padlock so that the Memory Trunk can be locked. Consumers can also request a free replacement lid that is not attached by hinges, which eliminates the risks of entrapment and strangulation.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Once Upon a Family at (800) 377-6823 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.onceuponafamily.net. The firm is also directly contacting customers about this recall.
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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