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 successfully revived.
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 can strangle.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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.
Consumers can check all second-hand products against CPSC recall lists at www.cpsc.gov or by calling (800) 638-2772.
|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 repair|
|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|
|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|
|2/17/93||Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite" Portable Cribs||11,600 units sold between 1990 and 1992||$120 reward|