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Infant death prompts recall of 425,000 play yards

Chicago-based Kolcraft Enterprises is recalling about 425,000 play yards, including 1,008 in Canada, following the death of a 10-month-old infant, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The CPSC has learned of one incident in which an infant strangled on the changing table's restraint strap on the Sesame Beginning Travel Play Yard.

The recall affects 12 Kolcraft play yards with raised changing tables and a restraint strap.

The company also warned parents of a possible suffocation hazard posed by its Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard featuring a raised cradle attachment.

"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," the CPSC said in a release.

"Kolcraft has received 45 reports of children rolling to the side of the rocking cradle attachment."

The recalled play yards, which were manufactured in China, were priced at between $50 and $130 US. The yards were sold in stores from January 2001 through September 2007.

Consumers should stop using the changing tables and cradles and cut off the change table strap. Caregivers must also remove raised change tables, bassinets, and cradles before placing a child in the play yard. Customers should contact the company for a replacement strap and repair kit for the rocking cradle.

The recall applies to the following products:


  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot.
  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot LTD.
  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 3-in-1.
  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 4-in-1.
  • Carter's Lennon Travelin' Tot.
  • Sesame Beginnings by Kolcraft Travel Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara SE Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara Limited Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara XT Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara Limited SE Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara Limited XT Play Yard.
  • Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard (with rocking cradle and changing table restraint strap).

Consumers should check the company website for a list of model numbers and additional information.

Recall notice