Osprey Packs has recalled its child backpack carriers, the “Poco child carriers,” due to a fall hazard. The recall is for all Poco, Poco Plus, and Poco Premium models made between January 2012 and December 2014. You can view the production date code on a black label that is sewn inside the large lower zippered compartment on the back of the carrier. Carriers with any of the following production date codes have been recalled: S12SBPR1, S12SBPR1B, S12SBPR2, S12SBPR3, S12SBPR4, F12SBPR1, F12SBPR2, S13SB IPO, S13SBPR1, S13SBPR2, S13SBPR3, S13SBPR4, F13SBPR1, F13SBPR2, F13SBPR3, S14SBPR1, S14SBPR2, S14SBPR3, S14SBPR4, and S14SBPR5.
The product was sold through REI and other specialty outdoor stores, as well as online through Amazon. The Poco carriers retailed for between $200 and $300. Osprey’s recall comes after four reports of children falling through the carrier’s leg openings. The reports included a skull fracture and scratches to the head. Around 82,000 backpacks are being recalled in the US, along with 6,000 in Canada.
If you have a Poco carrier that was recalled, stop using it immediately. Contact Osprey who will give you a free new Seat Pad Insert with smaller leg openings. The new Seat Pad Insert should be used with the existing safety straps to secure your child.
Osprey can be contacted Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm PST at 866.951.5197. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to their website and click on “Poco Safety Notices” at the top of the page for more information.
Ken Selander is a personal injury lawyer with a focus on kids’ injuries including children injured by defective products. Ken is available at 206.723.8200 for a free legal consultation regarding cases involving dangerous products and injuries to your children.