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Fisher-Price Offers Modifications For 20,000 Defective Child Seats

April 6, 1990

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) _ Fisher-Price on Friday announced that 20,000 of its child car seats made since Feb. 1 could break during a crash and offered free repair kits so consumers can fix the problem.

A faulty die that weakened a metal part was discovered during tests, said company spokeswoman Carol Blackley. The repair kit includes a new part and tools with which to install it.

The problem affects, at most, one-fifth of the child seats made between Feb. 1 and April 1, Blackley said. She said consumers should call Fisher-Price to inquire whether their seat is one of the defective ones and to order a repair kit if so.

Seats should not be returned to the store, Blackley said.

The seat can be used before the repair kit arrives if it is used in the ″rear-facing position,″ for infants weighing less than 20 pounds, but should not be used for larger children until it is fixed, she said.

Blackley refused to say how much the repair kits would cost Fisher-Price, but said it would have a minimal financial effect on the company.

Last year, Fisher-Price sent out repair kits for 1.5 million of the child safety seats because they did not meet federal flammability standards.

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