December 19, 2013: Playtex Recalls Hip Hammock Infant Carriers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Playtex Products Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of the Playtex Hip Hammock. About 305,000 units in the US and 36,000 in Canada are being recalled.
What’s the Deal?
Playtex has determined that the buckles on the waist and shoulder straps of their Hip Hammock infant carriers can crack and break, posing a fall hazard to the child. The company has reportedly received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including two reports of injuries, where one infant required emergency room treatment.
Do You Own It?
The recall involves model numbers 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307 and 05308 of the Hip Hammock product. Model numbers are sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use. “Playtex Hip Hammock” is printed on a label sewn into the front of the carrier. The product comes in basic and deluxe styles and is made of suede or ultra-suede in black or navy colors on the outside, and the inside lining is black, black and white check or burgundy.
These infant carriers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, and Walmart, as well as 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.
What Should You Do?
If you own a Hip Hammock model included in this recall, stop using the product immediately and contact the company for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.
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