The Playskool Travelite Crib

TitleThe Playskool Travelite Crib
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2002
Pagination23 p.
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThe Playskool Travel-Lite, a portable crib manufactured by Kolcraft Enterprises and licensed by Hasbro’s Playskool division, came to market in December 1989, stopped shipping in April 1992, and was recalled in February 1993. The crib’s recall was initiated after three children were killed, in separate incidents, when one of its top rails collapsed and strangled them. Approximately 11,600 of the cribs were manufactured, and by June 1996, when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) closed its case, only 2,736 Travel-Lites could be accounted for. To date, six children have been killed in Playskool Travel-Lite cribs. This case, divided into three parts, discusses the design, development, marketing, sale, and recall of the Travel-Lite. A PDF of the entire case is also available.
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