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  • Kolcraft recalls 425,000 play yards

    Kolcraft is recalling 425,000 play yards for a strangulation hazard relating to the changing table attachment and a potential hazard with a cradle attachment. From my reading of the press release, the strangulation hazard is created only when the changing table is attached and the baby is put into the bassinet beneath the changing table, because the restraint strap hangs down from the bottom of the changing table (though I’m sure the instructions specify that you should never do that). In any event, if you own a recalled play yard, you should stop using the changing table and cradle and contact Kolcraft to receive a non-looped replacement strap for the changing table and a repair kit to secure the base of the cradle. To see if your play yard has been recalled, click through to the CPSC press release. You can contact Kolcraft at (888) 655-8484 or www.kolcraft.com.

    Fortunately for us, none of our three play yards are from Kolcraft (we have two Gracos and one Cosco – one is upstairs, one is downstairs, and one is at my parents’ house). Only one of them is full-size (the other two are travel-size), and I’m pretty sure the changing table attachment does not have a looped strap. Whew!