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Company Recalls Wooden Children’s Swings

May 27, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Canadian company is recalling 47,600 children’s wooden swings because they can break free from their chains, posing a risk that children might fall to the ground and get injured.

Backyard Products, a subsidiary of the Hedstrom Corp., of Collingwood, Ontario, has 31 reports of the chains breaking, including five instances in which a child suffered a sore back, cut lip or bumps and bruises, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The recall includes single swings and acrobatic swings sold separately or as part of the Backyard Products wood gym set, which may also include overhead ladders, slides and forts. The swings can also be used in other gym sets.

The brand name, ``Backyard Products,″ followed by ``Collingwood, ON Canada,″ is written on a yellow, triangular bracket on the gym sets. Model names and numbers are located on the assembly instructions.

The swings were sold at department, toy and discount stores nationwide between December 2003 and April 2004 for between $300 and $1,200 for the sets. They sold separately from January 2004 to April 2004 for between $12 and $16.

Children should not use the swings until they are repaired. Consumers are urged to contact Backyard Products for a free, in-home repair kit.

The company can be reached toll-free at 1-800-841-4351, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT. More information is available at www.backyardproducts.com.

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On the Net:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov

Hedstrom Corporation: http://www.backyardproducts.com.

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