October 30, 1996
Release # 97-015
|CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166
CPSC, Graco Announce Recall To Repair
Mesh on Playards
WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children's Products Inc. of
Elverson, Pa., is announcing a free repair kit for about 133,000 traditional style Graco
playards (also known as a playpen). The mesh on playards made between November 1995 and
September 1996 may unravel from the seam, resulting in a possible choking or entanglement
Graco has received 9 reports of toddlers unraveling a strand from the mesh and becoming
entangled in it or mouthing it. No serious injuries resulted.
To protect children from possible injury, Graco is offering a free, easily applied
solution that will prevent the mesh strands from unraveling.
The recalled playards were sold nationwide in juvenile products and discount stores such
as Toys R Us and Walmart for $35 to $55 each. The drop-side style playards have vinyl
covered top rails and a vinyl covered pad. A manufacturing date is located on a label on
the playard floor under the pad. Recalled playards have manufacturing dates 111395
(November 13, 1995) through 091296 (September 12, 1996).
Consumers should call Graco at (800) 423-9078 for a free repair kit and application
instructions or write to Customer Affairs, Graco Children's Products Inc., P.O. Box 100,
Elverson, PA 19520. Consumers should not use the playard if the netting has started to
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