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November 21, 1995

Release # 96-026
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, North States Industries Announce Recall to Repair "Superyard" Enclosures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), North States Industries of Minneapolis, Minn., is offering a repair kit for approximately 70,000 Superyard children's play enclosures and 6,000 Superyard Extension Kits manufactured between November 8, 1994 and October 17, 1995. Small plastic locking posts can be pulled loose when any of the enclosure's panels are disconnected, presenting a choking hazard to small children.

North States has received 20 reports of posts pulling loose, including one in which a child put the post in his mouth and started to choke.

The Superyard, model 8634, consists of six 30-inch by 23-inch interlocking pale gray plastic panels. The size and shape of the play area can be changed by adding or removing panels. The Superyard Extension Kit, model 8631, consists of two panels that can be added to the Superyard . Only Superyards and Superyard Extension Kits produced from November 8, 1994 through October 17, 1995 need to be repaired to prevent the posts from pulling loose. The production date is stamped on a diamond-shaped label in the center of one of the plastic panels.

Children's specialty stores and chain discount and department stores sold the Superyard nationwide for $55 to $65. The Extension Kits retail for $20 to $25.

Consumers with Superyards should check for the production date stamped on a diamond-shaped label in the center of one of the plastic panel. If the label is stamped with a date from November 8, 1994, through October 17, 1995, consumers should call North States at (800) 848-4927 to obtain a free repair kit and installation instructions to prevent the locking pins from pulling loose.

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 report product hazards to