January 29, 1992


Release # 92-046


WASHINGTON, DC -- Century Products Company, Macedonia, OH, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is voluntarily recalling its 1991 model wind-up infant swings with "Whisper-Wind" motor. Century has received 31 reports of injuries to consumers involving these swings. Most injuries were to consumers who were attempting to open the motor housing or repair swings that had stopped working.

If the plastic cover over the swing motor is removed, the powerful, coiled wind-up spring will unwind rapidly and forcefully and may cause serious injury. Injuries reported to the firm include puncture wounds and lacerations requiring immediate medical treatment.

The recall applies to approximately 181,000 Century Whisper-Wind infant swings manufactured during 1991. The five swing models involved were sold for about $30-80 nationwide (model numbers: 12-319, 12-329, 12-344, 12-345, and 12-349). Recalled units bear manufacturing date codes 9101 through 9112. The date codes are located on a white label on the bottom of the swing seat.

The replacement program is no longer available. Century and CPSC warn consumers not to try to disassemble the swing or remove the motor housing. Consumers should discard or destroy the product. More information is available by calling the company's customer service number at 800-345-4109.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public.