November 12, 1998Kolcraft, Playskool Double
Reward for Return of Recalled Portable Cribs
Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. and Playskool
are offering a $120 Child Saver Reward for the return of each Playskool Travel-Lite
portable crib. These cribs were recalled in 1993, yet two children died in the cribs this
summer, a New Jersey infant and a Chicago toddler.
The cribs, which were manufactured by Kolcraft from 1990 through 1992, have rotating top
rail hinges. These top rails can collapse, entrapping children and suffocating them. In
all, six children have died in Playskool Travel-Lite portable cribs.
Despite a nationwide effort over the past five years to alert the public about this
recall, some of the 11,000 cribs originally sold could still be in use. To get these
products back, Kolcraft and Playskool are doubling the reward for each returned crib from
$60 to $120. In addition to the $120 reward, Kolcraft and Playskool, a subsidiary of
Hasbro, are taking further steps to get the word out, including mailings to daycare
centers, notices in new products and posting of details regarding the reward on Hasbro's
web site at www.hasbro.com under Consumer Affairs Safety Message.
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.
Consumers who own these cribs should stop using them immediately. Anyone who sees one in a
day care center, at a baby-sitters, in the home of a friend or relative, or at a garage
sale or secondhand store, should inform the caregiver or seller about the recall and
reward. For instructions on how to return the crib and receive a $120 Child Saver Reward,
call Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673.
||Product and Firm
"Happy Camper," "Happy Cabana," and "Kiddie Camper" Portable
||1.2 million units sold between 1990 and 1997
||Free hinge covers
"Fold-N-Go Models 10-710 and 10-810" Portable Play Yards
||212,000 units sold between 1993 and 1996
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)
"Home and Roam" and "Baby Express," Portable Cribs/Play Pens,
manufactured before 1995
||100,000 units sold between 1992 and 1994
"Playskool Travel-Lite" Portable Cribs
||11,600 units sold between 1990 and 1992
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