Wednesday, December 13

Baby Walkers Recalled For Fall Hazard

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Suntech Enterprises Baby Walkers Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on June 22, 2010 a voluntary recall of baby walkers imported by Suntech Enterprises Inc., of Commerce, California and manufactured in China. Also called baby exercisers, Suntech Baby Walkers have a plastic frame supported by four wheels and eight brake pads. The walkers were sold in blue, pink, and green with a white activity tray and patterned, vinyl seat. The item numbers for the walkers are WK110 or WK112; printed on the side of the packaging carton.

About 8,400 of these baby activity walkers were sold at small baby supply stores in California, Illinois, New York and Texas from January 2007 through December 2009. They were priced between $25 and $30. The recalled walkers can fit through a standard doorway and fail to have sufficient stair-fall protection to prevent falls down stairs the stairs. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

It is best to make sure babies are never placed in a baby walker near a stairwell, porch or other uneven surface. Consumers should immediately stop using these baby walkers and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Remember, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product to any other person.

In May 2010, CPSC issued a new mandatory rule on baby walkers that will become effective on December 21, 2010. The walkers will be required to either: 1) be too wide to fit through a standard doorway, or 2) have features, such as a gripping mechanism, to stop the walker at the edge of a step.

If you are aware of a dangerous product in your home or office, to report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s hotline at (800) 638-2772.

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