FYI: In our book and on our web site, we do not recommend the Playtex Hip Hammock, which is the subject of this recall. We do recommend the Original Hip Hammock, not involved in this recall.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Recall Date: December 19, 2013
Recall Number: 14-069
Playtex Recalls Hip Hammock Infant
Carriers Due to Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Playtex Hip Hammock infant carriers
Hazard: The buckles on the waist and shoulder straps can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the child.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the carrier and contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Playtex at (800) 522-8230 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.playtexproducts.com <http://www.playtexproducts.com> and click on Recall <http://www.econsumeraffairs.com/epc/contactus.htm?F1=hiphammock> for more information.
Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Playtex-Recalls-Hip-Hammock-Infant-Carriers / <http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Playtex-Recalls-Hip-Hammock-Infant-Carriers%20/>
Units: About 305,000 and 36,000 in Canada
Description: The Playtex Hip Hammock is an infant carrier designed to strap the baby against the caregiver’s body at the hip. It is made of a soft, quilted fabric and intended for babies that are from 15 to 35 pounds. The child seat is attached with straps that wrap around the carrier’s hips and shoulder. “Playtex Hip Hammock” is printed on a label sewn into the front of the carrier. All model numbers are being recalled. Model numbers 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307 and 05308 are sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use. They come in basic and deluxe styles. The hip hammock’s fabric is suede or ultra-suede in black or navy colors on the outside, and the inside lining is black, black and white check or burgundy.
Incidents/Injuries: Playtex has received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including two reports of injuries, where one infant required emergency room treatment.
Sold at: Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, juvenile product, baby and discount stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 and January 2010 in Canada for about $40 for the basic model and $60 for the deluxe model.
Manufacturer/Importer/Distributor: Playtex Products Inc., of Dover, Del.
Manufactured in: China
Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/37289r-eng.php
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov <http://www.saferproducts.gov/> .
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov <http://www.SaferProducts.gov> or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov <http://www.cpsc.gov/> , on Twitter @OnSafety <http://twitter.com/OnSafety> or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters <http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/Subscribe/> .
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