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Child backpack carriers being recalled by Osprey due to fall hazard

Child CarriersOsprey is recalling about 82,000 Poco child carriers in the United States and about 5,732 in Canada.

A child seated in the carrier can slip through the leg openings, posing a fall hazard to children.

Osprey has received four reports of children falling through the carrier leg openings, resulting in one report of a skull fracture and one report of scratches to the head.

This recall involves all models of Poco, Poco Plus, and Poco Premium child backpack carriers manufactured between January 2012 and December 2014. The nylon child carriers were sold in three colors: “Romper Red,” “Koala Grey,” and “Bouncing Blue.” They have a metal frame and a gray padded child’s seat inside.

The production date is stamped on a black label sewn into the interior of the large lower zippered compartment on the back of the carrier. Recalled carriers have a production date code of S12SBPR1, S12SBPR1B, S12SBPR2, S12SBPR3, S12SBPR4, F12SBPR1, F12SBPR2, S13SB IPO, S13SBPR1, S13SBPR2, S13SBPR3, S13SBPR4, F13SBPR1, F13SBPR2, F13SBPR3, S14SBPR1, S14SBPR2, S14SBPR3, S14SBPR4, S14SBPR5.

“Osprey” is printed on the fabric above the kickstand. The model name is printed on the back at the bottom.

The backpack carriers were sold at REI and specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2012 to December 2015. The cost was between $200 and $300. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carriers and contact Osprey for a free Seat Pad Insert for use along with the existing safety straps to secure the child in the carrier, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise. Consumers who previously received and installed the free Seat Pad Insert in their carriers aren’t required to take further action.

For more information, call Osprey at 866-951-5197 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at pocoseatpad@ospreypacks.com, or visit www.ospreypacks.com and click on Poco Safety Notices on the navigation bar at the top right hand corner of the page.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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