Recent Death Prompts Search for Recalled Play Yards/Cribs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued February 28, 2001, Revised January 17, 2003
Release # 01-094
Baby Trend Recall Hotline: (800) 328-7363
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
Baby Trend Media Contact: Chip Whalen, (909) 773-0018

Recent Death Prompts Search for Recalled Play Yards/Cribs
Baby Trend Launches New Effort to Find Those Still in Use

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Trend Inc. of Ontario, Calif., is repeating its announcement of the 1995 recall of Home and Roam and Baby Express portable cribs/play yards. These cribs/play yards can collapse and entrap an infant.

In January 2001, a 9-month-old baby in Longview, Wash., died of asphyxiation when her neck was caught in the V-shape created by the collapsed sides of her crib/play yard. There have been three other deaths and three reports of babies found not breathing (who were revived) associated with these products.

In 1995 Baby Trend offered a free repair for the cribs/play yards. To encourage consumers to search for these recalled cribs/play yards, Baby Trend is now offering a free, new play yard to consumers who find and return the recalled product. Baby Trend is launching a new effort to reach caregivers by including flyers in new products and putting notices in newsletters distributed by child advocacy organizations. This summer, recall posters will be displayed in post offices around the country.

There were 100,000 "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" portable cribs/play yards sold between 1992 and 1994. The crib/play yard can appear to be set up properly even if the top rails are not fully locked. If the crib/play yard is not set up so that each top rail is securely locked in position, a baby can be caught by the neck and strangle.
Picture of play yard

All Home and Roam and Baby Express model cribs/play yards are recalled (recall information can be found on Baby Trend's web site at http://www.babytrend.com/recall2.jpg). The words "Home and Roam" or "Baby Express" and "Baby Trend" appear along the top rails. The cribs/play yards were priced from $60 to $130 and were sold nationwide from 1992 to 1994. Consumers should search their homes and day care centers for these portable cribs/play yards. Stop using them immediately and call Baby Trend toll-free at (800) 328-7363 to get a free, new play yard. Baby Trend portable cribs/play yards sold since 1994 have different side rails and are not recalled.

CPSC has previously announced the recall of several other portable cribs/play yards with rotating top rails that can collapse and entrap a child in the folded top rails. CPSC is aware of 14 deaths to children when the top rails of play yards collapsed. A new safety standard requires that the top rails of play yards automatically lock into place when the unit is fully set up. In addition to the Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" models, CPSC obtained voluntary recalls of the following play yards with top rails that people had to turn into place when setting up the unit: Evenflo "Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, and Kiddie Camper;" Century Models 10-710 and 10-810; and Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite Model." CPSC also issued a safety warning about All Our Kids Models 742 and 762 play yards imported by a firm that is out of business.

Date RecalledProduct and FirmNumber/Dates SoldRemedy
6/25/97 Evenflo "Happy Camper," "Happy Cabana," and "Kiddie Camper" Portable Play Yards 1.2 million units sold between 1990 and 1997 Free repair
Call firm
800-447-9178
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 Graco, which now owns the "Century" brand name, at 800-345-4109
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 100,000 units sold between 1992 and 1994 Free, New Play Yard
Call firm
800-328-7363
2/17/93 Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite" Portable Cribs 11,600 units sold between 1990 and 1992 $120 reward
Call firm
800-453-7673



Check all second-hand products against CPSC recall lists at www.cpsc.gov or by calling (800) 638-2772.

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