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Old June 25th 03, 11:55 PM
Wex Wimpy
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June 25, 2003
Release # 03-148 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 880-9435
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
NHTSA Recall Hotline: (888) 327-4236 (Recall # 03C004000)
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming & Kim Dulic (301) 504-7908
NHTSA Contact: Tim Hurd (202) 366-9550
DJG Media Contact: Cynthia Barlow (781) 364-3164

CPSC, NHTSA, and Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. Announce Extended Recall of
Infant Car Seats/Carriers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus,
Ind., is again voluntarily recalling Cosco Arriva and
Turnabout infant car seats/carriers to address a problem with the
carry handle. On July 8, 1999, the two federal agencies and Cosco,
now known as the Dorel Juvenile Group, announced the recall of 670,000
of these infant car seat/carriers made from March 1995
through September 1997. This recall adds 1.2 million of the same model
infant car seats/carriers made through January 2000.

When the seat is used as a carrier, the plastic handle locks can
unexpectedly break or release from the carrying position, causing
the seat to unlatch or flip forward. When this happens, an infant can
fall to the ground and suffer injuries.

Dorel Juvenile Group has received 416 reports of the handle locks on
the additional recalled infant car seats/carriers breaking or
unlatching, resulting in nine injuries to children. These reports
include bruises and scratches to the head and face. According to the
reports, some injuries occurred to children restrained in the seat.

The recalled car seats/carriers were sold under the Cosco Arriva and
Turnabout brand names and were manufactured by Dorel
Juvenile Group in the U.S. The car seat/carriers have the following
model numbers:

02-665 02-727 02-728
02-729 02-731 02-732
02-733 02-750 02-751
02-755 02-757 02-774

02-753 02-756 02-758
02-759 02-760 02-761
02-762 02-763 02-764
02-765 02-770 02-771

The model number and manufacture date are located on the instruction
and warning label on the side of the car seat/carrier. The
recalled seats were manufactured on or before Jan. 31, 2000.

Juvenile product, mass merchandise, department stores and major
discount stores nationwide sold the Arriva and Turnabout infant
car seats/carriers from Sept. 10, 1997 through December 2000 for
between $30 and $60 when sold alone or $90 to $140 when sold
with strollers. The recalled seats are no longer available for

Consumers should continue to use the Arriva and Turnabout as a car
seat but should stop using it as a carrier immediately and
contact Dorel Juvenile Group to receive a free repair kit. Consumers
should call Dorel at (800) 880-9435 between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
ET Monday through Friday, or by going to the firm's Web site at
www.djgusa.com. Consumers with questions about the recall
campaign can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Auto Safety Hotline at (888) DASH-2- DOT (327-4236).
Consumers also can call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Hotline at (800) 638-2772 for more information.

To see a picure of the recalled item or to link to this press release,
use the following link:


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