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Fisher-Price Recalls Play Yards after Manufacturer Refuses to Act

Jan 15, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP, LLP

Fisher-Price is recalling portable play yards that have hurt numerous children. The defective play yards were made by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc., of Reading, Pa., which have been at the center of similar recalls in the past.   

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), neither Simplicity nor SFCA has responded to the many consumer complaints made by consumers on their website or through their hotline.  Simplicity and SFCA have also ignored the CPSC's requests to recall these products. Although it did not manufacture or sell the play yards, Fisher-Price has voluntarily agreed to assist consumers who own the products. Consumers who own one of the recalled play yards with the Fisher-Price logo should contact Fisher-Price to obtain assistance to replace their play yards, the CPSC said.

The play yards are being recalled because one or more rails on the play yards can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall or entrapment hazard to young children.  There have been at least 1,350 reports of one or more rails collapsing. There were numerous reports of children receiving bumps and bruises when the side rail collapsed. There were five reports of injuries which included a broken nose, a broken wrist, a mild concussion, a cut to the hand which required stitches, and a chipped tooth. Consumers should stop using the play yards immediately.

The recalled play yards are portable and were sold with a bassinet, changing table, and mobile features. The products have a Rainforest™ patterned fabric, Rainforest themed artwork and bear the “Fisher-Price” logo. The Simplicity Inc. model numbers are 5310 RNF, 5310RNFC, and 5310RNFW. The model number is located on a sticker on one of the legs underneath the play yard.

This is not the first time Simplicity and SFCA have refused to recall a defective product. In August, dozens of retailers recalled defective Simplicity bassinets that were implicated in the deaths of two children.  The CPSC had to ask retailers to recall the Simplicity bassinets because the defective cribs were manufactured before Simplicity Inc. was acquired by SFCA Inc. When it acquired Simplicity, SFCA bought the right to sell products under the Simplicity brand but did not take legal responsibility for products made under its previous owners.

In addition to the August bassinet recall, Simplicity recalled 1 million cribs in September 2007.  Those cribs were also linked to the deaths of several infants.

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