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Infant play yards recalled after child’s death

Georgia Consumer

POSTED: February 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.
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For The Times The Kolcraft Travelin' Tot Series, pictured above, is one of the many infant play yards made by Kolcraft being recalled after the death of a 10-month-old infant.

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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago is voluntarily recalling about 425,000 infant play yards following the death of a child.
CPSC received a report of a 10-month-old boy who strangled on the changing table’s restraint strap that was hanging down into Kolcraft’s “Sesame Beginnings” Travel Play Yard. Twelve different Kolcraft play yards are included in this recall. All of the play yards have raised changing tables with a restraint strap that forms a loop beneath the changing table, posing a strangulation hazard to children.
In addition to the strangulation hazard with the changing table restraint strap, one play yard also has a raised cradle that rocks back and forth. A child can roll and get trapped against the side of the cradle in the Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard. If that happens, a child can suffocate. Kolcraft has received 45 reports of children rolling to the side of the rocking cradle attachment.
The recalled play yards were sold in a variety of colors and patterns. Play yards and model numbers included in this recall are listed below. The model number is printed on a white sticker located on one of the feet of the play yard. They were manufactured in China.
The play yards were sold at retail stores nationwide from January 2001 through September 2007 for between $50 and $130.
Consumers should immediately stop using the changing tables and rocking cradle and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a free, nonlooped replacement strap for the changing table and a free repair kit to secure the base of the cradle. Consumers should immediately cut off and remove the existing changing table restraint strap. Consumers should always remove the raised changing table and cradle or bassinet before placing a child in a play yard.
A free repair kit for the rocking cradle will be sent to consumers separate from the replacement strap.
For additional information, call Kolcraft at 888-655-8484 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.
kolcraft.com.
The following models have been recalled:
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot, Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot LTD, Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 3-in-1, Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 4-in-1; Model Nos. 18730T-BZ, 18730T-HJ, 18734T-DV, 18934-SW, 18934-DV, 18935T-UT, 18935-CH, 18942-EC, 18950-GV, 18950T-GV, 18751-DV, 18951T-GS, 18951T-MO, 18744-BL. “Kolcraft” and “Travelin’ Tot” are printed on either the fabric on the top rail or on the lower side of these play yards.
Carter’s Lennon Travelin’ Tot. Model Nos. 18740-UE, 18740T-UE, 18736T-LJ, 18737-LJ, 18737T-LJ. “Carter’s and “Travelin’ Tot” are printed on the top rail.
“Sesame Beginnings” by Kolcraft, Travel Play Yard. Model Nos. 22361-VT, SP001-SBK. “Sesame Beginnings” and “Travel Play Yard Kolcraft” are printed on the top rail or along the fabric draft guard on the lower side of the play yards.
Jeep Sahara SE Play Yard, Jeep Sahara Limited Play Yard, Jeep Sahara XT Play Yard, Jeep Sahara Limited SE Play Yard, Jeep Sahara Ltd. XT Play Yard. Model Nos. 55235-JC, 55237-JQ, 55237T-JQ, 55237-XC, 55237-XV, 55237T-XB, 55770-XA, 55770-XI, 55772-XE, 55773-XY, JP002-XSP. “Jeep” and “Sahara” are printed on the fabric on the top rail of the play yards. Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard (with rocking cradle and changing table restraint strap). Model Nos. 18604-OC, ZP003-MAL. “Kolcraft” and “Contours” are printed along the draft guard on the lower side of the play yards.

If you have questions or problems with services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture you may write the Office of Public Affairs, 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Room 226, Atlanta, GA 30334 or call (800) 282-5852. This column appears Sundays and at gainesvilletimes.com.


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