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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 26, 2016

Child backpack carriers with defective buckles recalled due to fall hazard

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Osprey Child Safety Products LLC, of Cortez, Colorado, has recalled around 31,000 child backpack carriers because a cut in the plastic buckle on the shoulder strap can cause the shoulder strap to release, posing a fall hazard to a child in the carrier (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-178, May 26, 2016).

Incidents and injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves the Poco AG, Poco AG Plus, and Poco AG Premium model child backpack carriers. These nylon carriers come in seaside blue, ivy green, and black. They have a metal frame and a gray padded child’s seat inside. The back of the carrier also has an upper zippered pocket and a lower zippered compartment, along with a stretch pocket in the middle. The production date code identifying when the carrier was manufactured is stamped on a black label sewn in the interior of the large lower zippered compartment in the back of the carrier. Recalled carriers have a production date code of S16SB03, S16SB04, S16SB05, S16SB06, or S16SB07. “Osprey” is printed on the back at the top of the carrier. The model name is printed on the back at the bottom.

These backpack carriers, which were manufactured in Vietnam, were sold at REI and specialty outdoor retailers nationwide and online at amazon.com and rei.com from January 2016 through May 2016 for between $250 and $330.

Remedy. Consumers should immediately inspect the buckles on both straps of the carrier harness to determine if there is a cut in the plastic buckle on one or both straps. If the buckle is cut, consumers should stop using the carrier immediately and contact Osprey for a free replacement or full refund. Consumers also may contact Osprey and return the carrier for inspection. If the buckle is cut, consumers will receive a replacement or full refund.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Osprey at 800-303-1350 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT on Monday through Friday, via email at pocosupport@ospreypacks.com, or online at ospreypacks.com and click on “Poco AG Safety Notice.”

Companies: Osprey Child Safety Products LLC

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