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January 3, 1995

Release # 95-056
CPSC: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1193

CPSC & Baby Trend Announce Crib/Playpen Recall

CPSC & Baby Trend Announce Crib/Playpen RecallWASHINGTON, D.C. --In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Trend Inc. of Pomona, Calif., is voluntarily recalling all portable crib/playpens sold under the brand names, Home and Roam and Baby Express. CPSC determined that the crib/playpens can collapse if the products are not completely locked into place. There have been two deaths and two more reports of babies found not breathing (who were revived) associated with these products.

The crib/playpen can appear to be set up properly even if the top rails are not fully locked. If the crib/playpen is not set up so that each top rail is securely locked in position, a baby can be caught by the neck and strangle (see illustration).

The crib/playpens, which are available in a variety of colors and fabrics, come in three sizes - 40 inches by 40 inches, 40 inches by 28 inches, and 31 inches by 41 inches. The words "Home and Roam" or "Baby Express" and "Baby Trend" appear on two of the four top rails. About 100,000 crib/playpens, priced from $60 to $130, were sold nationwide from 1992 to 1994 by several different retailers, including Price Costco and Kmart.

Baby Trend is recalling ALL Home and Roam and Baby Express crib/playpens, regardless of the purchase date or warning labels.

Consumers should call Baby Trend toll-free at (800) 234-1879 to have their top rail locks replaced free-of-charge. Baby Trend will pay the postage. The new lock is designed to prevent the collapsing risk.

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 press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to