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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — AAFES has issued a safety advisory regarding Graco Travel Lite Swings, a baby swing that has the potential to collapse and cause serious injuries to infants.

The advisory is being made in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Exton, Pa., and involves some 140,000 swings.

Of several Travel Lite Swings involved in the advisory, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service sold model 1850JJP at base exchanges worldwide from June 2003 to June 2004. The swings have an adjustable reclining seat, a rotating handle and a canopy.

According to AAFES’ notice, the swing’s carrying handle may be dropped or pushed down, causing it to hit the child in the head. Also, in some cases the seatbelt has failed to prevent children from leaning or falling forward or to either side, allowing their heads to strike the floor or the swing’s frame.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Graco has received 28 reports of the handle falling and 100 reports of children falling forward or to the side. Injuries resulting from such mishaps included bloody or swollen lips, red marks, bumps and bruises.

The swings were manufactured between May 5, 2003, and Dec. 11, 2003, and have serial numbers between 050503 and 121103 printed next to the model numbers on a white label under the seat. The swings also have the words “Graco” and “Travel Lite Swing” printed on each side and have buttons on the handles that activate lights and music.

AAFES is urging customers to stop using the swings immediately and to request a free repair kit by contacting Graco at Children’s Products Inc., attention Customer Services, 150 Oaklands Blvd., Exton, Penn., 19341; or by logging onto the company Web site at http://www.gracobaby.com/customersevice/recall_detail.aspx? recallID=16

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Request a free repair kit by contacting Graco at Children’s Products Inc., attention Customer Services, 150 Oaklands Blvd., Exton, Penn., 19341; or by logging onto the company Web site at http://www.gracobaby.com/customersevice/ recall_detail.aspx? recallID=16


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