The CPSC, in conjunction with Playtex, has announced a voluntary recall on more than 305,000 American and 36,000 Canadian Playtex Hip Hammock Infant Carriers. The carriers were recalled because the buckles on the waist and shoulder straps can crack or break, which poses a fall hazard to the child. So far, Playtex has received 87 reports of buckles that have broken or cracked. One infant injured required a trip to the emergency room.
The Hammock is a carrier that's designed to strap the baby against an adults hip. It's made of a soft, quilted fabric and works for babies 15 to 25 pounds. Baby's seat attaches with straps that wrap around the carrier's hips and shoulder. On the front of the carrier, "Playtex Hip Hammock" is printed on a label. The recall includes all models : 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307 and 05308 (they can be found printed on the inside panel, below the instructions), and they were sold in basic and deluxe styles including suede and ultra-suede in black and navy, with white, black, check or burgundy on the inside lining.
If you own the recalled Hammock, stop using it immediately. You can contact Playtex for a full refund. They were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart and other baby and product stores around the country as well as online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 and in Canada during January of 2010 for $40 and $60.
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