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Federal agency recalls dangerous children’s play yards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 200,000 potentially deadly Fisher-Price Rainforest-themed play yards yesterday. The product’s rails have been found to be prone to collapsing, creating hazardous consequences to the babies inside, such as trapping them, allowing them to fall out, giving them access to unsafe areas, or causing serious injuries or death. The agency stated that it had received complaints from over a thousand consumers after one or both sides of the Rainforest play yard had collapsed, causing injuries that included a broken nose, a mild concussion and a broken wrist. While the injuries thus far reported have been relatively minor, the threat that the collapsing rails poses is serious. According to Kids in Danger, a consumer safety group from Chicago, at least 18 children have died in other brands of play yards when the railings collapsed into a V-shape that strangled or trapped the children inside.

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