Poco Child Backpack Carriers Recalled by Osprey Due to Fall Hazard

The child can slip through the leg openings, risking a fall

Poco Child Backpack Carriers Recalled by Osprey Due to Fall Hazard
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May 1, 2017

A fall hazard has prompted Osprey to recall roughly 82,000 Poco child backpack carriers, together with an additional 5,732 sold in Canada.

The child sitting in the recalled carrier can slip through the leg openings, posing a risk of falling.

All models of the Poco, Poco Plus, and Poco Premium child backpack carriers manufactured between January 2012 and December 2014 are included in this recall. The nylon carriers were sold in three colors: "Romper Red," "Koala Grey," and "Bouncing Blue." The carriers include a metal frame with a gray padded child's seat inside.

The affected products include the following production codes, which are stamped on a black label sewn into the inside of the lower zippered section on the back of the carrier: S12SBPR1, S12SBPR1B, S12SBPR2, S12SBPR3, S12SBPR4, F12SBPR1, F12SBPR2, S13SB IPO, S13SBPR1, S13SBPR2, S13SBPR3, S13SBPR4, F13SBPR1, F13SBPR2, F13SBPR3, S14SBPR1, S14SBPR2, S14SBPR3, S14SBPR4, and S14SBPR5. The word Osprey can be found printed on the fabric above the kickstand, and the model name is located on the back at the bottom.

The carriers were sold at REI and specialty outdoor stores across the U.S., as well as online at Amazon's website, from January 2012 until December 2015 for between $200 and $300.

The company has received four reports of children falling through the leg openings of the carrier, including one report of a skull fracture and another of scratches to the head. For this reason, consumers are urged to stop using the recalled carriers immediately and to contact the company to receive a free seat pad insert to be used to secure the child in the carrier in addition to the existing safety straps.

Consumers who have already received and installed the seat pad insert are not required to take any additional action.

For more information, consumers can reach Osprey at (866) 951-5197.