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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 1996

Release # 97-028
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC Warns of Strangulation Hazard with All Our Kids Portable Cribs/Playpens

CPSC Warns of Strangulation Hazard with All Our Kids Portable Cribs/PlaypensWASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers that about 13,000 portable cribs/playpens sold under the brand name All Our Kids pose a strangulation hazard to young children. The playpens, also known as travelyards or playards, have rotating top rails, which can collapse unexpectedly, trapping a child at the neck in the "V" formed by the collapsed top rail.

The CPSC is aware of 7 babies who strangled in collapsed portable playpens with similar top rail designs made by three other manufacturers. The most recent of these deaths occurred on October 15, 1996. The top rails of the All Our Kids playpens can collapse even when the product is set up properly.

The All Our Kids playards, models 741, 742 and 761, come in a variety of colors, shapes (rectangular and square) and sizes with some having a detachable toy bag on one end. The words "All Our Kids" appear on two of the four top rails. A variety of retailers sold the playpens nationwide from 1992 to 1995.

The Draco Corporation of Montebello, Calif., sold the playards under the All Our Kids brand name. CPSC is not announcing a recall of these products because Draco/All Our Kids is out of business. Consumers who own All Our Kids model 741, 742 and 761 portable cribs/playards should stop using them immediately and destroy them to prevent future use.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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