The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a report on the mass recall of Playtex Hip Hammock infant carriers. In addition to 36,000 units in Canada, approximately 305,000 units in America are affected by the recall. Playtex Products Inc. is a company based in Dover, Delaware. All units were manufactured in China.
A total of 87 defect and/or injury reports related to the infant carriers prompted an investigation and the subsequent recall of the product. All of the reports involved instances of the buckles cracking or breaking altogether. Two of these incidents resulted in injuries, one of which involved an emergency room visit.
The Playtex Hip Hammock is a carrier that, unlike frontal carriers, has the caretaker strap the infant against his or her hip, alleviating back strain. It is meant for infants weighing from 15 to 35 pounds. A label that says “Playtex Hip Hammock” can be found sewn into the front of the carrier. Consumers can identify affected products by checking the model number, which can be found in the inside panel just below the instructions. Model numbers of recalled carriers are as listed:
The carriers were sold in basic and deluxe styles. They also came in different color combinations. The exterior may be black or navy, and the interior black, checkered, or burgundy.
All consumers should arrest all usage of the product immediately and contact Playtex for a full refund. They can be reached at (800) 522-8230 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers may also visit their website www.playtexproducts.com for more information on the recall.
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