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October 30, 1996

Release # 97-015
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC, Graco Announce Recall To Repair Mesh on Playards

CPSC, Graco Announce Recall To Repair Mesh on PlayardsWASHINGTON, 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 hazard.

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 unravel.

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