December 17, 1996
Release # 97-047
|CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC and Evenflo Warn of Potential
Choking Hazard on Houdini Portable Playyards
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Evenflo Company Inc. of Piqua, Ohio is warning
consumers that some of its Houdini Portable Playyards may present a potential small parts
choking hazard and a sharp edge hazard. Approximately 205,000 of these playyards were
sold. Small plastic covers from "push caps" used to secure various parts of the
playyards together may crack and separate.
Evenflo and the CPSC are aware of a number of
reports of the plastic caps separating. Although no injuries have been reported, this
action is being taken to prevent young children from choking or cutting themselves.
All Houdini model numbers beginning with 332 are
involved in this warning. The model number is located on a tag attached to the bottom of
the unit. The playyards sold nationwide for about $45 from 1994 through 1996. CPSC and
Evenflo are advising all Houdini owners to inspect the pushcaps on their playyards.
The push caps on Houdini Playyards are small metal
washers covered by a plastic clip. In some cases, these plastic clips have cracked and
separated from the metal washer. The plastic clip could then present a choking hazard, and
the exposed metal washer may be sharp enough to cut a child. The exposed metal washer will
continue to hold the playyard securely together.
Each playyard contains 16 push caps with three
located in each corner of the top rail, and one in the center of each top rail. Consumers
should look for loose, cracked, or missing plastic covers. If any are found, consumers
should call Evenflo at (800) 490-7549 immediately to obtain free replacement push caps and
installation instructions. Even if no loose, cracked, or missing plastic covers are found,
consumers should call for a free warning label.
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
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