The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 200,000 potentially deadly play yards with Fisher-Price’s Rainforest theme, the alert raising questions about the promptness of the warning and whether other models could have the same flaw. Some 1,350 consumers complained that one or both sides of the Rainforest play yard had collapsed, with many reported injuries that included a broken nose, a mild concussion and a broken wrist. They are often used as portable cribs and have a bassinet attachment. When the rails collapse, babies can fall out, get trapped or gain access to unsafe areas. The play yards were made by Simplicity Inc., now defunct, under a licensing agreement with Fisher-Price, a unit of Mattel Inc. Fisher-Price agreed to send a $100 refund to consumers who send the fabric sides to the company.
Simplicity also made its own branded play yards, some of which are still on the market. It’s not clear whether those shared the same flawed design. The CPSC was investigating at press time. At least 18 children have died in other brands of play yards when the railings collapsed into a V-shape that strangled or trapped them, according to Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger, a consumer group. This group was founded by University of Chicago professors whose son Danny Keysar died in 1998 when the rails of his portable crib collapsed around his neck. The CPSC knew rails on the Rainforest play yards were collapsing early last year, but officials decided “it did not rise to the level of a recall.” A commission spokesman said the rails collapse in a U-shape, so they did not pose the same strangulation hazard as prior recalls. But, the CPSC reconsidered when it was flooded with complaints late last year after SFCA Inc., the company that bought Simplicity’s assets, stopped responding to consumers. The agency had been unable to make SFCA recall the play yards. Ms. Owles, with the consumer group, had this to say:
“Given the deadly legacy of play yards with collapsing sides, these play yards should have been taken off the market months ago, if not years ago. If there are other ones out there with this same design, they need to get them out of the marketplace or at least warn parents who have them.”
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