WASHINGTON — Century Products is recalling 4 million infant carriers that have handles that can break and faces investigation over whether it reported the defect soon enough, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.
The commission began investigating the carriers that double as infant car seats in April after receiving consumer complaints. It then found that Century already had received hundreds of similar complaints, said commission spokeswoman Jane Francis.
"We're now trying to determine whether Century reported these incidents to us in a timely manner," Francis said.
The commission said an infant inside the carrier could fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries. "The break can happen unexpectedly," commission Chairwoman Ann Brown said.
The company, based in Macedonia, Ohio, is providing parents with free replacement handles. Consumers may call Century at (800) 865-1419 to obtain the part.