Product Recall: Suntech baby walkers pose serious injury hazards
06/22/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Los Angeles, CA—Suntech Enterprises Inc., of Commerce, Calif. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have voluntarily recalled 8,400 baby walkers. The CPSC announced the recall on June 22, 2010.
The recall was initiated after finding that the walkers could fit through a standard doorway and fail to have sufficient stair-fall protection. Babies who using these recalled walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they happen to fall down stairs. No injuries or incidents have been reported in connection with this recall.
The CPSC press release stated, “The 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. Item number WK110 or WK112 is printed on the side of the packaging.”
The recalled baby walkers were sold at small juvenile product stores in California, Illinois, New York and Texas. The product was sold from January 2007 through December 2009 for between $25 and $30.
Consumers are advised to return the walkers to place of purchase to receive a full refund.
Although this recall is voluntary, in May 2010 the CPSC implemented new mandatory rules concerning baby walkers, which will take effect on December 21, 2010. The baby 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.
For further information, consumers may contact Suntech Enterprises toll-free at (888) 268-8139 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
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