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Fisher-Price swings recalled due to seat peg issue

Pennsylvania parents with toddlers may be concerned by news that more than 30,000 cradle swings made by Fisher-Price have been recalled. The models covered are the Soothing Savanna Cradle 'n Swing, the Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle 'n Swing and the Sweet Surroundings Cradle 'n Swing. The model numbers of the swings being recalled are CHM84, CMR43 and CMR40. The New York-based toy maker, which has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. since 1993, announced the recall on April 14.

The swing sets in question were sold for approximately $170 between November 2015 and March 2016 at retailers including Target, Buy Buy Baby and Amazon.com. Concerned parents who think that they may have purchased one of the 34,000 or so swings being recalled are advised to contact Fisher-Price or to check the model number, which can be found under the seat. The swings are marketed as offering speeds ranging from low to high.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall after learning of at least two incidents where the peg holding the seat to the base was not properly engaged and loosened sufficiently to allow the seat to fall. The agency says that Fisher-Price will resolve the problem by revising the assembly instructions.

This recall serves as a reminder that even manufacturers with reputations for quality that stretch back for decades may sometimes produce dangerous or poorly designed products, and they face the same civil sanctions as any other company when their customers suffer injuries. Experienced product liability attorneys may be aware of this, and they are unlikely to be deterred by the reputation or resources of the defendants when initiating litigation stemming from product defects or quality control shortcomings.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fisher-Price Recalls Infant Cradle Swings Due to Fall Hazard, April 14, 2016

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