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November 21, 1996

Release # 97-026
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC, Century Announce Recall to Repair Model 10-710 and 10-810 Playards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Century Products Company of Macedonia, Ohio, is voluntarily providing a free repair kit for about 212,000 Century Fold-N-Go Model 10-710 and 10-810 Travel Playards (also known as playpens). The top rails on these playards may collapse unexpectedly, trapping a child at the neck in the "V" formed by the collapsed top rail.

An 18-month-old boy died recently in Centreville, Va., when a Century playard collapsed. The Fairfax County, Va., Police Department provided information to CPSC regarding the death. Century is offering a free repair kit, consisting of new Posi-Locks top rails to prevent the rails from collapsing when a child is in the playard. This kit can be installed in the home using a Phillips head screwdriver.

The Century Model 10-710, measuring 26 inches by 38 inches, was sold in Toys R Us stores beginning in June 1994 for about $50. The Model 10-810, measuring 28 inches by 41 inches, was sold nationwide beginning in February 1993 in juvenile products and discount stores for about $80. Both models fold compactly and fit into an accompanying nylon case for storing and carrying. The model number is located on a label on the floor or on one of the support tubes under the floor. All Century Fold-N-Go Models 10-710 and 10-810 are part of this recall. Other Century Fold-N-Go models have different top rails and are not being recalled.

Consumers with either a Century Model 10-710 or Model 10-810 Fold-N-Go Playard should stop using the product immediately and call Century at (800) 541-0264 for a free repair kit and installation instructions or write to Century Products Company, 9600 Valley View Road, Macedonia, OH 44056. Consumers should not use the playard until the new top rails are installed.

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