Although a playpen is an essential part of standard baby equipment, it can be a safety hazard. Indeed, more than 3,000 playpen injuries serious enough to require emergency treatment occur every year and more than 200 playpen deaths have been reported to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) since 1988.

Because playpen manufacturers are not always as thorough as they should be, playpens are susceptible to a wide range of defects. The most common and dangerous defect is when a playpen’s sides are not sturdy. When this happens, a playpen’s sides can collapse on a child, causing serious injuries or death. In 2001, 102,000 Cosco “Zip n Go,” “Okie Dokie,” and “Carters” playpens manufactured between May 1995 and December 1997 were recalled for this exact reason. Specifically, it was discovered that the plastic tabs on the playpens that lock the rails into the corners can break or loosen over time, allowing the rails to turn inward, collapse, and entrap an infant, causing injuries or death.

Baby Trend & Baby Express Playpen InjuriesIn 1993, an urgent warning was issued to owners of Baby Trend and Baby Express “Home and Roam” playpens regarding a manufacturing defect that could result in infant injuries or death. According to the manufacturer, if the playpen is not set up so that each top rail is securely locked in position, the top rails may collapse with an infant in the playpen. If the infant is holding onto a top rail when the playpen collapses, he or she may be caught by the neck and strangle.

To date, the CPSC has received four reports that these playpens have collapsed with infants inside the playpens. One incident resulted in the death of a one-year-old child. In two of the incidents the child was found not breathing but was revived

If you have a playpen that is the subject of a playpen recall, or if your child has been harmed by a defective playpen, you may be eligible for compensation for your child’s injuries. Contact our experienced playpen injury lawyers to learn about your legal rights and options.

Published November 17, 2011 by