Safety 1st Disney, Eddie Bauer Play Yards RecalledDec 31, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A large recall of about 213,000 Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards has been announced, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The recalled Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards were manufactured in China and imported by the Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Indiana.
The one-piece metal bars supporting the floorboard of the bassinet attachment can come out of the fabric sleeves, creating an uneven sleeping surface, which poses a risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
The play yards are portable and were sold with a bassinet attachment and a built-in changing station. Models included in this recall are 05025, 05026, 05037, 05088, and 05350. The model number is printed on a sticker on one of the support legs underneath the play yard. The words “Safety 1st” or “Eddie Bauer” are printed near the bottom of the fabric sides of the play yards.
The recalled play yards were sold at Babies “R” Us, Kmart, Sears, Target, and Walmart from January 2007 through October 2009 for between $100 and $130.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the bassinet attachment to the play yard and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free repair kit including replacement bassinet fabric, bassinet bars and installation instructions. Dorel Juvenile Group can be reached toll-free at 1-866-762-2166 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, or at the firm’s Web site www.djgusa.com
We have been following the issue of defective and, sometimes, dangerous imports making their way into this country from China. The recalled Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards is just one of many recalls and issues concerning defective products, food, and medicines imported into this country from China. In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the U.S. involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin were found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long put American consumers at significant health risks.
Also making news is the ongoing and massive Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.