(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 93-111a
Urgent Warning on Baby Trend and Baby
Express Home and Roam Playpens: Strangulation Risk Cited
PRODUCT: Baby Trend and Baby Express "Home
and Roam" portable mesh-sided playpens in two sizes, 40" x 40" and 28"
PROBLEM: The playpen may appear to be set up properly, if the top rails are not securely
locked. If the playpen is not set up so that each top rail is securely locked in position,
the top rails may collapse with an infant in the playpen. If the infant is holding onto a
top rail when it collapses, he or she may be caught by the neck and strangle.
WHAT TO DO: Make sure each of the four top rails is fully locked before using the product
and call Baby Trend immediately at 1-800-234-1879. Baby Trend will provide corrective
action AND a free gift valued at $5.00 for each playpen owned.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Baby Trend, Inc., Pomona, CA is issuing an urgent warning to owners of Baby Trend and Baby
Express "Home and Roam" playpens. There have been four reports that these
products have collapsed with infants inside the playpens. One incident resulted in the
death of a one-year-old child. In two of the incidents the child was found not breathing
but was revived.
Baby Trend sold approximately 65,000 Home and Roam playpens nationwide during 1992 and
1993. Some additional Home and Roam playpens were sold under the Baby Express label. The
playpens come in two sizes and a variety of colors and fabrics. The larger one is 40"
x 40" and the smaller one is 40" x 28". The words "Home and Roam"
and "Baby Trend;" or "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" and
appear on two of the four top rails. Retail prices range from $68 to $130.
All of the playpens are set up by rotating a pivoting hinge in the center of each top
rail. To lock the rails in place, the pivoting hinge must be rotated a full 180 degrees
from the collapsed position. Because the hinges are under the protective fabric covering
the top rails, consumers may rely on their sense of touch to determine if each hinge has
been rotated completely.
It is possible to rotate the hinge less than 180 degrees but have the top rail look and
feel locked. If the pivoting hinge has been turned less than 180 degrees, IT IS NOT LOCKED
and the top rail can collapse. If a baby is holding onto the top rail when it collapses,
he or she can be caught by the neck and strangle.
Consumers should check to make sure the top rail hinges are fully engaged before each use.
Consumers who own Baby Trend "Home and Roam" playpens should call toll free at
1-800-234-1879 so the company can provide them with a remedy and a free gift valued at
$5.00. When calling, please provide model and lot numbers located on the playpen's foot.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Product samples for media use are available upon request.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
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