The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Baby Bjorn, announced today a voluntary safety recall of the BABYBJÖRN® Babysitter Balance and BABYBJÖRN® Babysitter Balance Air, after small metal pieces were found in the padded section of the babysitter’s fabric seat. The recall to inspect the seat padding and attach an updated warning label covers 6,468 Babysitter Balances sold in the U.S.
While no incidents related to the pieces have been reported, BabySwede, the North American distributor, received notification from BabyBjörn AB, the manufacturer, that two consumers in Japan had found small metal pieces in the padded section of the babysitter’s fabric seat. After further inspection by BabyBjörn AB of 15,000 babysitters, five more small metal pieces were found. As a precaution, BabySwede is performing a voluntary recall of the product. Small, sharp metal objects found in the padded area of the bouncer chair can protrude, posing a laceration hazard to children.
The Babysitter Balance subject to this recall is model 0090 and is sold under the brand name “BABYBJÖRN®.” It can be used for infants weighing between 8 pounds and 29 pounds and is sold in five colors: Black/Silver, Black/Red, Dark Blue/Blue, Brown/Beige and White Air.
The Babysitter Balance has been sold nationwide at independent juvenile retailers, mass retailers, Internet retailers, and catalogs from September 2008 through July 2009 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $169.95 for the BABYBJÖRN® Babysitter Balance and $189.95 for the BABYBJÖRN® Babysitter Balance Air.
Consumers should stop using the Babysitter Balance and contact BabySwede LLC toll-free at (866) 424-0200 for instructions on returning the babysitter for inspection. Consumers may also visit www.babyswede.com or write to the company at 1157 Rockside Road, Cleveland, OH 44134.