June 22, 1978  
Release # 78-052

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 22) -- Collier-Keyworth Co., Gardner, Mass., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today announced a voluntary repair program for about 5,600 of its models 6805, 6806, 7805 and 7806 car seat/stroller conversion kits. The kits are used to convert a baby car seat into a stroller by snapping the seat onto a frame.

CPSC staffers believe that a design defect in the metal seat supports of the stroller frame could cause the supports to spread apart, allowing the seat to disengage and throwing the infant forward. CPSC has learned of 13 incidents where this happened. At least five of the children received lacerations and other facial injuries.

The stroller kits in question, which were distributed nationwide, retail for about $28 and were manufactured before March 14,1977.

Some, but not all, the units may have the model number on the back leg of the frame. More important, if your stroller conversion kit does not have two hinged metal braces riveted at right angles to the top of the stroller frame seat support and reinforcing the seat from directly beneath, call or write Collier-Keyworth Co., P.O. Box 528, Gardner, Mass. 01440 (617/632-0120) to get a free repair kit. After July 1, 1978, retailers selling the conversion kits should be displaying an illustrated recall poster which consumers can check to see if they own one of the affected kits.

To verify model numbers, contact CPSC's toll-free hotline at 800/638-2772.