WASHINGTON, March 11 Kolcraft Enterprises Inc
has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $400,000 and revamp its
controls after the recall of a million play yards, the Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Monday.
The Chicago-based company had recalled the play yards - a
version of what is commonly known as a play pen - in 2009 after
about 350 reports of the items collapsing. At least 21 injuries
were reported, including a concussion, the commission said in a
The CPSC voted 2-1 to approve the penalty agreement
Under the accord, Kolcraft will pay a $400,000 penalty and
"agrees to implement robust changes to its internal control and
compliance systems," the statement said.
The agreement stemmed from a defect involving Kolcraft
Travelin' Tot play yards and play yards made by Kolcraft for
Carter's, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bare and Eric
The play yards were sold from January 2000 through January
2009 for between $50 and $160. Their side rail can fail to latch
properly and can unlatch when a child pushes against it, raising
the risk of a fall, the commission said.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)