Attention, baby-carrying parents! Osprey has recalled its child backpack carrier due to the possibility of a cut on the plastic buckle on the shoulder strap, which can cause the carrier to release and the child to fall out.
According to the CPSC, 31,000 carriers are being recalled, although no injuries have been reported, thankfully. The models involved include the Poco AG, Poco AG Plus, and Poco AG Premium, and you can find that information on the back of the carrier, at the bottom. The backpack-style carrier came in seaside blue, ivy green, and black, and was sold at REI and other specialty outdoor retailers nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com and REI.com, from January through May 2016. The cost was between $250 and $330.
You'll want to look for a production date code, which identifies when the product was manufactured. That's stamped on a black label, sewn in the interior of the large lower zippered compartment in the back of the carrier, the CPSC says. If your production date code is S16SB03, S16SB04, S16SB05, S16SB06, or S16SB07, your carrier is being recalled.
In that case, you are advised to inspect the buckles on the straps of the carrier harness for a cut; it can be on one or both buckles. A cut indicates the carrier is faulty, so stop using it immediately and contact the Colorado-based company for a replacement or refund. Call 800-303-1350, email Osprey, or go to the company's website for more information.
Here's hoping this recall info spreads to parents everywhere and no babies get hurt!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.