June 18, 1998
Release # 98-128
|CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC Urges Search for Previously Recalled
Portable Cribs and Play Yards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to search for and stop using
previously recalled child products, in particular the "Playskool Travel-Lite"
portable crib, which was manufactured by Kolcraft from 1990 through 1992 and recalled in
1993. In May of 1998, a Chicago toddler died after a Playskool Travel-Lite portable crib
Manufacturers of portable cribs and play yards are joining in the effort to warn consumers
and childcare providers to stop using the more than 1.5 million portable cribs and play
yards that have been recalled in past years. Top rail hinges must be turned to set up the
cribs and play yards. These top rails can collapse, entrapping children and suffocating
them. Twelve children have died from suffocation in collapsed play yards and portable
cribs manufactured by various firms. Current production play yards have top rails that
automatically lock into place when the play yards are fully set up.
"A death caused by a previously recalled product is a tragedy," said CPSC
Chairman Ann Brown. "We urge consumers to make an all out effort to search their
homes and daycare centers for these portable cribs and play yards and stop using
The Playskool Travel-Lite portable cribs have two nylon mesh sides and two blue solid
plastic ends. "Playskool" appears in white letters on a red background on each
end. The portable crib folds in the center for storage and handling. Stores nationwide
sold 11,600 of the products from 1990 through 1992.
Kolcraft has gone to great lengths to renew their recall efforts. Kolcraft is offering a
$60 refund to consumers for the return of the Travel-Lite portable cribs. They also are
notifying pediatricians and childcare providers about the recall. Consumers should call
Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673 for instructions on disposing of the products and receiving the
A number of portable cribs and play yards manufactured by other companies also have been
recalled because of the risk of suffocation posed by collapsing top rails. Consumers and
childcare providers should check for the following recalled play yards and portable cribs.
If these products are found, consumers should call the company.
||Product and Firm
||Evenflo "Happy Camper," "Happy
Cabana," and "Kiddie Camper" Portable Play Yards
||1.2 million units sold between 1990 and 1997
||Free hinge covers. Call firm 800-447-9178
||Century "Fold-N-Go Models 10-710 and
10-810" Portable Play Yards
||212,000 units sold between 1993 and 1996
||Free repair. Call firm 800-541-0264
||Draco "All Our Kids" (models 742
and 762) Portable Cribs/Play Yards
||13,000 units sold between 1992 and 1995
||Stop use and destroy (Firm out of business)
||Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and
"Baby Express," Portable Cribs/PlayPens, manufactured before 1995
||100,000 units sold between 1992 and 1994
||Free repair. Call firm. 800-328-7363
CPSC is asking the help of consumers,
childcare providers and child welfare associations to help spread the word about the
search for these portable cribs and play yards in an effort to avoid another tragic
"CPSC gets recalled products off store shelves, but we can't go into consumers' homes
and remove the products," said Brown. "That's why we want to get this message
out and have consumers act immediately to prevent another tragedy."
Before using used nursery equipment, even if it has been used for a sibling, consumers
should check the recalled product lists, available 24-hours-a-day, through the CPSC
hotline at (800) 638-2772 or through the CPSC web site at www.cpsc.gov.
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
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