Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Car seats, bunk beds, plush toys and more :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
More than 300,000 car seats have been voluntarily recalled by Britax Child Safety. The seats, made from August 2002 through this July, do not meet federal safety regulations.
Testing shows that the harness strap that holds the child in the seat may loosen. In the event of an accident, the child may fall forward, increasing the risk of injury. No injuries have been reported.
Affected models include Marathon (E9L06), Husky (E9L30), Wizard (E9L07) and Snug Seat Traveller Plus (E9L32). Model numbers are located on a label in one of two places under the cover of the seat, either on the lower right portion of the frame or on the side of the seat. A manufacturer’s date is also listed on this label.
Britax spokeswoman Donna Robinson says company tests have confirmed that replacing the strap with the new, thicker one will secure the child. Britax will provide customers with a kit to fix the problem. Kits will be mailed to customers who registered their product. Those who do not receive a kit can call Britax at (800) 683-2045 or visit the Web site, www.britaxusa.com, for more information.
The following list is a sampling of the products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission from July 10 to Aug. 12. For more information, call (800) 638-2772 or visit www.cpsc.gov.Pool pump gun
Toys and recreation • DBX Engage, DBX Ravage and Geartec ESPY bicycle helmets , Mackarl Enterprises and KHS Bicycles. The helmets do not meet CPSC safety regulations, risking serious head injury. • Plush Frog Stuffed Animal, Determined Productions. The seams of the toy may tear, exposing small metal pellets that could choke a child.
• Peek-a-Boo Ball, HearthSong. The wooden rings may crack, causing the small wooden heads to fall out, that could choke a child.Wooden bunk beds
• Pokémon plush dolls, beanbags and key chains, TOMY Co. Tips of sewing needles have been found inside the toys and could puncture a child.
• Pool pump water gun, Kmart. The cone-shaped nozzle can shoot off the gun during use. Furniture
• Wooden bunk beds, PJ Sleep Shop. Gaps between the rails violate safety regulations and could strangle or trap a child.