Recall: Once Upon a Family Recall of Memory Trunks

February 3, 2005
Alert #05-536

CPSC, Once Upon a Family Announce Recall of Memory Trunks

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Memory Trunks

Units: About 1,600

Importer: Once Upon a Family, of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: The lid can fall on a child who is looking or reaching inside entrapping the child at the neck, which poses a risk of strangulation. Also, the lid can close and self-fasten, entrapping the child inside the trunk, which poses a suffocation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Once Upon A Family are aware of one incident where the lid of a trunk fell on a 2-year-old boy, entrapping him between the lid and the base. The child was not injured.

Description: The yellow and tan Memory Trunk is about 22-inches long by 14-inches wide by 13.5-inches high and made of fiber board. It is decorated with photos of family activities and various phrases, such as "A Childhood Cherished," "A Place in Time" and "Mementos and Memories." Once Upon A Family intended the trunk for use as a storage box for childhood mementos and does not intend it for use by children.

Sold by: Sales consultants at home events nationwide from November 2002 through October 2004 for about $100.

Manufactured In: Hong Kong, China

Remedy: Consumers should keep the Memory Trunk out of reach of children and contact the firm to receive a free repair kit. The repair kit includes a warning sticker and a padlock so that the Memory Trunk can be locked. Consumers can also request a free replacement lid that is not attached by hinges, which eliminates the risks of entrapment and strangulation.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Once Upon a Family at (800) 377-6823 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at The firm is also directly contacting customers about this recall.

Picture of Recalled Trunk