June 25, 1997
Release # 97-146
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
Evenflo Contact Dawn Dover
and Mark Semer
CPSC, Evenflo Announce Recall of Happy Camper
Portable Play Yards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Evenflo Company Inc.,
of Piqua, Ohio, is offering free hinge cover kits to all 1.2 million owners of its
portable play yards sold under the Happy Camper, Happy Cabana and Kiddie Camper model
names. If the hinges on the product are not fully rotated, the product can collapse,
possibly trapping the child in the "V" formed by the folded top rails.
Additionally, if leaned or sat upon, the rotating plastic hinges in the middle of the
folding top rails can crack or break, presenting a sharp edge or possibly allowing the
child to escape.
Evenflo and CPSC are aware of three deaths
involving the play yards. In two incidents, the hinges collapsed and entrapped the child
and in one incident an infant was placed into a broken play yard. Evenflo has received 107
reports of children receiving cuts and bruises from broken hinges.
The hinge covers fit over the hinges of the play
yards only when the hinges are fully rotated into place, assuring that the play yard is
properly set up. The hinge covers also provide additional reinforcement to the sides of
the play yard. They snap on easily but firmly and can be moved by an adult to allow normal
Evenflo urges consumers to fully rotate the
hinges, to inspect the hinges regularly for signs of cracking or breaking and to avoid
leaning or sitting on the top rails. Evenflo is continuing its practice of replacing play
yards with cracked or broken side rails. Evenflo has replaced approximately 6,000 Happy
Camper line portable play yards for hinge-related problems over the last 8 years.
The play yards subject to this action are the
Happy Camper and Happy Cabana models, which are rectangular-shaped, and the Kiddie Camper
model, which is square-shaped. "Evenflo" and the model name of the play yard are
printed on the top side rail of each play yard. The play yards come in a variety of colors
and fabrics. Each play yard folds compactly and comes with a carrying bag and mattress.
Major department, discount and juvenile products
stores nationwide have sold these Evenflo play yards since January 1990 for about $60 to
All consumers who own a Happy Camper, Happy Cabana
or Kiddie Camper should call Evenflo toll free at 1-800-447-9178 to receive the free hinge
covers and should be sure to fully rotate the top rail hinges when setting up the play
yard. Consumers who own one of these play yards with cracked or broken hinges should stop
using it immediately and call Evenflo to obtain a replacement play yard. Consumers may
also write to Evenflo Company Inc., 1801 Commerce Drive, Piqua, OH 45356.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.