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Recall news
Product recall: swing sets, rock-climbing devices
By The Associated Press

The following recalls have been announced:

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SWING SET



DETAILS: Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Set imported by Pacific Cycle Inc. of Madison, Wis.; sold exclusively at Toys R Us stores nationwide from January through May 2011. The swing sets have six metal legs and include two swings with yellow plastic sling-style seats, a yellow plastic sliding board, a two-person glider with yellow plastic seats, yellow plastic trapeze hanging rings and a four-person lawn swing with yellow plastic seats and footboard. The swing sets were manufactured in China.

WHY: The sling-style swing seats can crack or split prematurely, posing a fall hazard.

INCIDENTS: Pacific Cycle has received five reports of the sling-style swing seats breaking during use, including reports of minor injuries involving bruises and scrapes.

HOW MANY: About 5,500.

FOR MORE: Contact Pacific Cycle at 877-564-2261 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT or visit the firm's website at www.pacific-cycle.com.

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BELAY DEVICE

DETAILS: GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking, used by rock climbers to control the safety rope during a fall or while being lowered, is imported by Petzl America Inc. of Clearfield, Utah; sold at sports and recreation stores in the U.S. and Canada from February to June 2011. The belay devices come in grey, blue and orange colors. They were manufactured by Petzl SAS of Crolles, France.

WHY: Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position. When stuck open, the assisted braking function is disabled, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: Seven devices worldwide, including one in the U.S., were returned after the users noticed that the handle could become stuck in the open position. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 18,000 in the U.S. and about 2,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Contact Petzl America at 800-932-2978 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT or visit the firm's website at http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/us/recall-replacement-grigri-2.


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