Before you take your little one out on the town – make sure to check your carrier!
Playtex has recalled hundreds of thousands (305,000 in the US and 36,000 in Canada) of their popular Hip Hammock infant carriers after reports of the buckles cracking or breaking. One baby required emergency room treatment as a result of the carrier breaking.
Here’s what parents need to know:
Description: The Playtex Hip Hammock is an infant carrier designed to strap the baby against the caregiver’s body at the hip. It is made of a soft, quilted fabric and intended for babies that are from 15 to 35 pounds. The child seat is attached with straps that wrap around the carrier’s hips and shoulder.
“Playtex Hip Hammock” is printed on a label sewn into the front of the carrier. All model numbers are being recalled. Model numbers 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307 and 05308 are sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use. The hip hammock’s fabric is suede or ultra-suede in black or navy colors on the outside, and the inside lining is black, black and white check or burgundy.
Where it was sold: The carriers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, juvenile product, baby and discount stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 and January 2010 in Canada for about $40 for the basic model and $60 for the deluxe model.
Consumers should stop using the carrier and contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.