Stroller, Crib Mattress Recalled

Strollers that can collapse and mattresses that could trap children in crib frames are being recalled by Cosco Inc., the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday.

More than 200 children have been injured in Cosco's Geoby Two Ways tandem strollers. All were hurt after locks on folding mechanisms failed. Children can be injured by the resulting fall, or suffer cuts to hands or fingers if they are touching the locking mechanism when the stroller collapses.

About 57,000 of the strollers, made over the last 12 months, have been sold. The recalled strollers are model numbers 01-644 and 01-645 [with car seat]. Cosco is offering a free repair kit with two extra locking pins to fix the folding mechanism.

The commission said to date, 12 children were trapped, including one who was killed, when mattresses on Cosco tubular metal cribs collapsed and children slipped through 5-inch slats in the platform.

Approximately 62,000 of the mattresses were sold between 1994 and 1997. The company is giving consumers $25 checks to purchase new mattresses.

The CPSC said consumers should stop using the cribs or place a flat board approximately 27 inches wide and 51 inches long between the mattress and crib platform until they can get a replacement mattress.

For further information Cosco can be reached by calling 800-221-6736.