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Swing Set Recall Due to Fall Hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Kompan Inc., of Tacoma, Washington announced the recall of about 700 "To Fro" swing sets today.

Manufacturers: Kompan Inc., of Tacoma, Wash. (from January 1998 through December 2003); and BigToys Inc., of Olympia, Wash. (from January 2004 through December 2008).

Hazard: The joint connection between the horizontal top beam and the vertical end bracket and support post system can crack and break, posing a fall and impact hazard to users.

Incidents/Injuries: Kompan received 19 reports from BigToys of swings that have had the end brackets replaced due to both actual or potential for cracking or breakage at the joint of the top beam and the support posts. The firm has received three reports of minor injuries to users, however the firm has been unable to verify the cause or nature of these injuries.

Description: The recalled swing sets include the To Fro models listed below with any numbers in the series of model number codes listed. For example, for the first entry, S1-8, all single bay, 8 foot swings beginning with the model number S1-8 would be included in the recall. Kompan has not manufactured the swing since December 31, 2003 and has not sold it since December 31, 2008.

Swing Description

Sold by: Kompan, Inc. from January 1998 to December 31, 2008 for about $700-$3250. The units were sold to customers through third-party sales representatives throughout the United States. Third-party sales representatives are individuals and companies who market and sell Kompan playground equipment business to business.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled swing sets and remove the chains connecting the seats to the top beam. A retrofit kit will be provided to all affected customers with installation instructions. Kompan is contacting swing owners directly by telephone and mail to advise them to stop using the swing, remove the chains connecting the seats to the top beam and advising customers that retrofit kits will be delivered with installation instructions. Kompan will follow up by telephone and email after the retrofits are delivered to confirm installation by customers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Kompan representative Joedi Rice at (800) 624-4869 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm's website at www.kompan.com.

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