CPSC, Century Announce Recall to Repair Model 10-710 and 10-810 Playards

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Originally issued November 21, 1996; Last Revised May 10, 2004 (301) 504-7908
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CPSC, Century Announce Recall to Repair Model 10-710 and 10-810 Playards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Century Products Company of Macedonia, Ohio, is voluntarily providing a free repair kit for about 212,000 Century Fold-N-Go Model 10-710 and 10-810 Travel Playards (also known as playpens). The top rails on these playards may collapse unexpectedly, trapping a child at the neck in the "V" formed by the collapsed top rail.

An 18-month-old boy died recently in Centreville, Va., when a Century playard collapsed. The Fairfax County, Va., Police Department provided information to CPSC regarding the death. Century is offering a free repair kit, consisting of new Posi-Locks top rails to prevent the rails from collapsing when a child is in the playard. This kit can be installed in the home using a Phillips head screwdriver.

The Century Model 10-710, measuring 26 inches by 38 inches, was sold in Toys R Us stores beginning in June 1994 for about $50. The Model 10-810, measuring 28 inches by 41 inches, was sold nationwide beginning in February 1993 in juvenile products and discount stores for about $80. Both models fold compactly and fit into an accompanying nylon case for storing and carrying. The model number is located on a label on the floor or on one of the support tubes under the floor. All Century Fold-N-Go Models 10-710 and 10-810 are part of this recall. Other Century Fold-N-Go models have different top rails and are not being recalled.

Consumers with either a Century Model 10-710 or Model 10-810 Fold-N-Go Playard should stop using the product immediately and call Graco, which now owns the "Century" brand name, at 800-345-4109 for a free repair kit and installation instructions. Consumers should not use the playard until the new top rails are installed.

Set Up and Collapsed Playpen