October, 10 2001
Dorel Juvenile Group Announce Recall of Cosco Playpens
- Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling about 102,000 Cosco "Zip n Go," "Okie
Dokie," and "Carters" playpens manufactured between May 1995 and December
1997. The plastic tabs on the playpen that lock
the rails into the corners can break or loosen over time, allowing the rails
to turn inward, collapse and entrap an infant.
June 2001, an 11-month-old baby in Elyria, Ohio, died when his chest was
caught in the V-shape created by the collapsed sides of his playpen. Dorel
Juvenile Group has received 421 reports of rails not locking or collapsing.
The recalled playpens were sold under the "Zip n Go," "Okie Dokie," and
"Carters" brand names and were manufactured by Cosco. Only model numbers
05-361, 05-362, 05-363, and 05-364 are included in this recall. The model
numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the playpen, on the metal
tubular frame near one of the corners. The label reads in part,
"MANUFACTURED IN CHINA FOR COSCO INC." The 28-inch by 40-inch playpens have
four mesh sides on a folding metal frame. The side rails have the name "Zip
n Go, " "Okie Dokie," or "Carters" written on it. The padded floorboard
forms a carrying case for the playpen.
Department, Toy and juvenile specialty stores nationwide sold the "Zip n Go"
and "Carters" playpens. JC Penney stores nationwide sold the "Okie Dokie"
brand playpens exclusively. The playpens were sold from May 1995 through
December 1999 for between $40 and $70.
Consumers should stop using these playpens immediately and call Dorel
Juvenile Group to receive a refund or replacement product. Consumers can
contact Dorel at (800) 314-9327 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at www.djgusa.com.