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November 12, 1998

Kolcraft, Playskool Double Reward for Return of Recalled Portable Cribs

Kolcraft, Playskool Double Reward for Return of Recalled Portable CribsWashington, 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 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.

Date Recalled Product and Firm Number/Dates Sold Remedy
6/25/97 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
11/21/96 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
11/21/96 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)
1/1/95 Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express," Portable Cribs/Play Pens, manufactured before 1995 100,000 units sold between 1992 and 1994 Free repair
Call firm
2/17/93 Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite" Portable Cribs 11,600 units sold between 1990 and 1992 $120 reward
Call firm
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