Malfunctioning restraining strap can be replaced in the home
OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 6 /CNW/ -- RC2 Corporation (Nasdaq: RCRC) today
announced that it is voluntarily recalling three styles of The First Years(R)
Newborn-to-Toddler Reclining Feeding Seat due to malfunctioning restraining
straps that may disengage and could permit the child to slip out of the seat.
Approximately 100,000 reclining feeding seats were manufactured and
distributed through mass and specialty retailers in the U.S. and another
25,000 in Canada between November 8, 2006 and May 10, 2007.
Only reclining feeding seats manufactured after November 8, 2006 are
affected by the recall. The three styles included in the recall vary only in
color and seat-pad decoration. Excluded from the recall are all The First
Years Newborn-to-Toddler Reclining Feeding Seats with either an "R" stamped
inside a raised circle located on the far left and right sides of the seatback
or those with waist strap slots that are 9 inches apart.
Parents and caregivers should immediately stop using the recalled feeding
chairs. RC2 received 38 reports of malfunctioning restraining straps,
including 12 instances of children falling from the seat. None of the falls
required medical attention.
There is no need for consumers to return the reclining feeding seat.
Working closely with the CPSC, RC2 has determined that the malfunctioning
restraint strap can be easily replaced in the home, using a replacement strap
provided free of charge by the company. Instructions for ordering and
replacing the strap are available on the company's website,
http://www.recalls.rc2.com, or assistance is available by calling the RC2
Consumer Care Center at (866) 725-4407 toll free.
"Our focus is on ensuring that our products are safe for children. So, to
correct a situation in which our product may not be performing properly, we
are providing parents and caregivers with a safe and easy replacement
solution. We sincerely apologize for the worry this recall may cause parents
and caregivers," said Curtis W. Stoelting, chief executive officer of RC2
Corp. "Everyone at RC2 is working to ensure that the straps are replaced
quickly, so parents can again use this feeding seat with confidence."
Manufactured in the U.S., the reclining feeding seats have restraining
straps that fit through slots on the bottom portion of the seat back. The
affected seats have slots that are too wide, which may cause the restraining
straps to disengage from the seat back and could permit the child to slip out
of the seat. The free replacement restraining straps contain metal clips which
are sewn onto the end of each waist strap, thereby eliminating the risk the
straps might pull through the slot in the seatback.
Complete recall information including full-color photos and assistance in
identifying the affected products is available on RC2's recall website,
http://www.recalls.rc2.com or from RC2's Consumer Care Center, which can be
reached toll-free at (866)725-4407. As part of its public outreach efforts,
RC2 is notifying retailers to remove the recalled items from their store
shelves and inventories and display posters illustrating the recalled
For further information:
For further information: media, +1-563-875-5995, or investor, Jody
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