Playpens And Play Yards - The Essential Infant Resource for Moms

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Playpens And Play Yards - The Essential Infant Resource for Moms
Recall Report # 3
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Playpens
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Play Yards
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Table of Contents
The most recent recalls are at the END of this document.
Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, Kiddie Camper Play Yards by Evenflo – three fatalities ................................... 3
Mesh-Sided Playpens by Bilt-Rite, Graco, Evenflo, Kolcraft, Playskool, etc. – eight fatalities ............................ 3
More Mesh-Sided Playpen Recalls by Graco, Draco, Baby Trend, and Kolcraft – ten fatalities .......................... 6
Playpens by Cosco (2001) - one fatality ........................................................................................................... 7
Playpen with Raised Changing Table by Graco (2003) – one fatality ................................................................ 8
Travel Play Yards by Kolcraft (2007) – one fatality ........................................................................................... 9
Fisher-Price Rainforest Play Yards ...................................................................................................................12
Travel Tender Play Yard by Simplicity ..............................................................................................................13
Eddie Bauer Soothe and Sway Play Yards ........................................................................................................14
Play Yards by Kolcraft, Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bear, and Eric Carle ...............................15
Safety 1st Disney Care Center and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yard.........................................................19
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Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, Kiddie Camper Play Yards by Evenflo
Date of recall: June 25, 1997, revised March 8th, 2006
Evenflo has recalled the Happy Camper, Happy Cabana and Kiddie Camper models. The Happy Camper
and Cabana playpens are rectangular and the Kiddie Camper is a square. “Evenflo” and the model name
(Happy Cabana) are printed on the top side rail. They come in a variety of colors and fabrics. Each folds
compactly and comes with a carrying bag and mattress.
These play yards were sold in major department, discount, and baby stores and were sold since January
1990.
Reason for the recall:
There have been three deaths related to these yards. In two cases, the hinges collapsed and
entrapped the child. The final case involved an infant being placed in a broken play yard. 107
cases have been reported of children receiving cuts and bruises from broken hinges.
If the hinges on the product are not fully rotated, the product can collapse and possibly trap a
child in the “V” formed by the folded rails.
If leaned or sat on, the rotating hinges in the middle of the top rails can crack or break, presenting
a sharp edge or allowing the child to escape.
What should you do?
Stop using the play yard.
Contact Evenflo (800-447-9178) for free hinge covers.
o These hinge covers only work if the railing is
properly rotated.
o The hinge covers also provide additional
reinforcement to the sides of the play yard.
o They snap on easily but firmly and can be
removed (by an adult) for folding.
Make sure you fully rotate the top rail hinges when
setting up the play yard.
Broken play yards should be properly disposed of.
Inspect the hinges regularly for signs of cracking or
breaking and avoid leaning or sitting on them.
Mesh-Sided Playpens by Graco, Evenflo, Kolcraft, Playskool, etc.
Date of recall: November 24th, 1998, revised November 6, 2002
More than 9.6 million play yards/playpens are being recalled from brands like Bilt-Rite, Graco, Evenflo,
Gerry, Kolcraft, Playskool, Pride-Trimble and Strolee.
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Bilt-Rite, Gerry, Graco, Kolcraft, Playskool, Pride-Trimble and Strolee playpens are drop-sided, mesh
playpens that fold in half for storage. Evenflo’s “Houdini” is a portable, mesh playpen that folds up for
storage and travel. All Houdinis made between 1994 and 1996 are subject to this recall even if they have
plastic covers over the rivets. Those covers need to be replaced because they can crack, break off, or fall
off and expose the rivet.
Reason for the recall:
There have been 8 deaths related to these playpens. In two cases, the hinges collapsed and
entrapped the child. The final case involved an infant being placed in a broken play yard. 107
cases have been reported of children receiving cuts and bruises from broken hinges.
Standing infants and toddlers can strangle if pacifier strings or loose (or loosely woven) clothing
catches on the playpens protruding rivets.
What should you do?
Stop using the play yard if you find a protruding rivet.
Five companies are offering remedies.
o Graco and Bilt-Rite playpens – 800-345-4109
o Evenflo play yards – 800-490-7549
o Gerry play yards – 888-366-3828
o Kolcraft playpens – 800-453-7673
If you have Pride Trimble Corporation, Pride-Trimble Incorporated, and Strolee play pens should
throw theirs away. These companies are out of business.
Brand Name &
Description
Remedy
How to Identify
Graco
Drop sided
mesh, folds in
half to store
$20 refund w/
proof you
destroyed it
“Graco” is written
on floorboard or
side rail
Quantity Made
*Incidents
& Cost
2 million made
since 1976
through 11/90
Five
deaths
$35 - $55
Kolcraft or
Playskool
Drop sided
mesh, folds in
half to store
Repair kit
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“Kolcraft” or
“Playskool” is
written on
floorboard or side
rail
2.6 million
made from 1/86
through 5/98
$40 - $70
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One death
Photo
Pride-Trimble
Drop sided
mesh, folds in
half to store
Destroy
(Out of
business)
Houdini
Portable mesh
playpen that
folds up for
storage and
travel
Repair Kit
“Pride Trimble
Corp.” or “PrideTrimble Inc.” is
written on
floorboard
“Evenflo” is
written on plastic
hinge covers.
More than 4
million made
from 1960
through 9/91
None
known
$35 - $55
205,000 made
from 1994 –
1996
None
known
$45
Gerry
Drop sided
mesh, folds in
half to store
Repair Kit
“Gerry” is written
on floorboard
100,000 made
from 1986 –
1992
None
known
$35 - $45
Strolee
Drop sided
mesh, folds in
half to store
Destroy
“Strolee” is written
on side rail
200,000 made
through 1983
$35 - $55
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None
known
Bilt-Rite
Drop sided
mesh, folds in
half to store
$20 refund w/
proof you
destroyed it
“Bilt-Rite” is
written on
floorboard
More than
409,000 made
through 1989
One death
$35 - $55
*One child died in a playpen of unknown manufacturing.
More Mesh-Sided Playpen Recalls by Graco, Baby Trend, etc.
Date of recall: August 21, 1998, revised May 10, 2004
After two more infants died as a result of being in a previously recalled playpen, the CPSC is again
warning parents and caregivers to make sure they do not have older recalled playpens. The following
chart includes the deadliest of the older recalled cribs that are still claiming victims.
These playpens are all common in that they require the top rails to be twisted around and locked to secure.
13 children have died in recent years from suffocation in a collapsed play yard and portable cribs.
Modern playpens have top rails that automatically lock into place when the yards are fully set up.
Date
Recalled
Company &
Product
Number &
Dates Sold
Remedy
November
21st, 1996
Century
Fold N Go
Models
#10-710
#10-810
212,000
units sold
between
1993 and
1996
Free repair
Call Graco,
which now owns
“Century”
800-345-4109
November
21st, 1996
Draco
All Our Kids
Models
742 & 762
13,000
units
between
1992 and
1995
Destroy
(Company out of
business)
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Photograph
January 1st,
1995
Baby Trend
Home &
Roam
Baby Express
(made b/f
1995)
100,000
units sold
between
1992 and
1994
Free new
playpen
with return
800-328-7363
February
17th, 1993
Kolcraft
Playskool
Travel-Lite
11,600
units sold
between
1990 and
1992
$60 bounty for
returned
playpens
800-453-7673
These cribs have caused the death of several children. Please check your daycare, church, and
homes of friends and family to see if any of these play yards have been recalled and should be
thrown away.
Playpens by Cosco
Date of recall: October 10, 2001
Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling about 102,000 Cosco
playpens made between May 1995 and December 1997.
The recalled playpens were manufactured by Cosco and
sold under the “Zip n Go,” “Okie Dokie” and “Carters”
brand names. Only model numbers 05-361, 05-362, 05363, and 05-364 are included in this recall.
The model numbers can be found on a label on the
bottom of the playpen, on the metal tubular frame near one of the corners. The phrase “Manufactured in
China for Cosco, Inc” are written on the label.
The 28” x 40” playpens have four mesh sides on a folding metal frame. The side rails have the brand
name imprinted on them. The padded floorboard forms a carrying case for the playpen.
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The “Zip n Go” and “Carters” playpens were sold at department, toy, and juvenile specialty shops
nationwide. The brand name “Okie Dokie” was sold exclusively at JC Penny stores. They sold from
May 1995 until January 2000 for between $40 and $70 each.
Reason for the recall:
The plastic tabs on the playpen that lock the rails into the corners can break or loosen over time,
allowing the rails to turn inward, collapse, and entrap an infant.
There has been 1 death due to these
playpens. An 11-month-old infant died
when his chest was caught in the V-shape
created by the collapsed sides of his playpen.
There have been 421 reports of the rails not
locking or collapsing.
What should you do?
Stop using the playpen immediately.
Call Dorel Juvenile Group (800-3149327) to receive a refund or replacement
product.
Playpen with Raised Changing Table by Graco
Date of recall: September 24, 2003
Graco has issued new instructions for 538,000 “Pack n Play”
portable play yards with raised changing tables. This play yard
is also sold with an infant bassinet. “GRACO” and “Pack n
Play” are written on the sides.
They have model numbers 2016, 35235, or model numbers that
begin with 9531or 9533. The last three digits of the model
number will vary. Those numbers can be found on a label on
the white plastic center cone underneath. “Made in China” is
also written on the bottom label.
Models 2016, 35235, 9531, 0533 that are currently being sold and have green stickers on the boxes,
indicating the unit has been modified, are not being recalled.
The “Pack n Play” was sold at discount, department, and juvenile product stores nationwide from October
2001 until October 2003 for between $99 and $119 each.
Reason for the recall:
If children are placed in the playpen when the changing table is still attached, they can crawl
under and lift the table up. If this occurs, his head and neck can become trapped between the
changing table and play yard rail, causing strangulation.
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This recall is designed to inform parents of the hazard and provide warning labels to attach to the
changing table encouraging parents to take the table off before placing a child inside.
There has been 1 death due to this hazard. A 13-month-old girl died after having her neck
trapped between the “Pack n Play” rail and raised changing table.
What should you do?
Never place your child inside while the changing table is still in place.
Contact Graco (800-233-1546) to receive a free warning label to be affixed to the changing table.
Travel Play Yards by Kolcraft
Date of recall: September 27, 2007
Kolcraft Enterprises is recalling about 425,000 infant play yards after a 10-month-old child was found
strangled by the changing table’s restraint strap. They were sold from January 2001 through September
2007 for between $50 and $130 each.
The play yards (or playpens) were sold in a variety of colors and patterns. The model numbers are printed
on a white sticker located on of the play yard’s feet. They were made in China.
Reason for the recall:
All the recalled playpens have raised changing tables with a restraint strap that forms a loop
beneath the changing table, posing a strangulation hazard.
The Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard has a raised cradle that rocks back and forth. A child can roll and
get trapped against the side of the cradle, possibly suffocating. There have been 45 reports of
children rolling to the side of the rocking cradle attachment.
What should you do?
Stop using the play yard immediately.
Immediately cut off and remove the existing changing table restraint strap.
Remove the raised changing table and cradle or bassinet before placing a baby inside.
Contact Kolcraft at 888-655-8484 for a free non-looped replacement strap for the changing table
and free repair kit to secure the base of the cradle.
Play Yard
Model Numbers
Other Information
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot LTD,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 3-in-1,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 4-in-1
18730T-BZ, 18730T-HJ, 18734T-DV,
18934-SW, 18934-DV, 18935T-UT,
18935-CH, 18942-EC, 18950-GV,
18950T-GV, 18751-DV, 18951T-GS,
18951T-MO, 18744-BL
18740-UE, 18740T-UE, 18736T-LJ,
18737-LJ, 18737T-LJ
22361-VT, SP001-SBK
“Kolcraft” and “Travelin’ Tot” are
printed on either the fabric on the
top rail or on the lower side of the
play yards.
Carter’s Lennon Travelin’ Tot
“Sesame Beginnings” by Kolcraft
Travel Play Yard
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“Carter’s and “Travelin’ Tot” are
printed on the top rail.
“Sesame Beginnings” and “Travel
Play Yard Kolcraft” are printed on
the top rail or along the fabric draft
guard on the lower side of the play
Jeep Sahara SE Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara Limited Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara XT Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara Limited SE Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara Limited XT Play Yard
Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard
(with rocking cradle and
changing table restraint strap)
55235-JC, 55237-JQ, 55237T-JQ,
55237-XC, 55237-XV, 55237T-XB,
55770-XA, 55770-XI, 55772-XE,
55773-XY, JP002-XSP
18604-OC, ZP003-MAL
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot Series
Contours 33-inin-1 Play Yard
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yards.
“Jeep” and “Sahara” are printed on
the fabric on the top rail of the play
yards.
“Kolcraft” and “Contours” are
printed along the draft guard on the
lower side of the play yards.
Carter’s Lennon Travel Tot
Jeep Sahara Series
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Fisher-Price Rainforest Playpens
Date of recall: January 15, 2009
These play yards were portable and were sold with a bassinet, changing table, and mobile. The products
have Rainforest patterned fabric, Rainforest themed artwork and bear the “Fisher Price” logo. The
Simplicity (manufacturer of this Fisher-Price brand) model numbers are 5310 RNF, 5310RNFC,
5310RNFT and 5310RNFW. You can find this model number on a sticker on one of the legs underneath
the play yard.
The recalled playpens were sold nationwide from January 2007 through January 2009 for about $100.
Simplicity has chosen NOT to recall these products, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission is
recalling the products.
Reason for the recall:
One or more of the rails can unexpectedly collapse, posing a fall hazard or entrapment hazard for
babies.
There have been at least 1,350 reports of one or more rails collapsing. There are numerous
reports of children receiving bumps and bruises when the rail collapsed. 5 injuries included a
broken nose, broken wrist, concussion, a cut to the hand requiring stitches, and a chipped tooth.
What should you do?
Stop using the play yards immediately.
Although Fisher-Price did not manufacture or sell these playpens, Fisher-Price has voluntarily
agreed to assist consumers who purchased the product (since manufacturer Simplicity is refusing
to cooperate).
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If you have purchased one of these play yards with the Fisher-Price logo, contact Fisher-Price at
800-432-5437 for assistance in replacing the playpen.
Travel Tender Play Yards by Simplicity
Date of recall: April 7th, 2009
These recalled play yards are portable and were sold with a bassinet, changing table, and mobile features.
They exhibit the “Simplicity” logo. The model numbers are 5500DRM, 5500WDS, 5500FEL, 5501FEL,
5502MON, 5520PRO, 5550HAN, 5700MAN, and 5750MIR. The model number is located on a sticker
on one of the legs underneath the play yard.
The play yards were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com,
Target.com, and Kohls.com from March 2005 through January 2009 for about $100.
Reason for the recall:
One or more rails can collapse unexpectedly, creating a fall or entrapment hazard.
There have been at least 5 reports of the rails collapsing.
What should you do?
Stop using the play yards immediately.
Simplicity, Inc. is no longer conducting day to day operations.
Return them to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement product.
o Burlington Coat Factory: 888-223-2628
o Babies R Us: 800-869-7787
o Target: 800-440-0680
o Kohl’s: 866-887-8884
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Eddie Bauer Soothe & Sway Play Yards
Date of recall: May 13, 2009
These portable play yards has a bassinet and a changing station feature. A mobile with three teddy bears
is also included. The recalled models are 05046 (all models) and 05044 units manufactured before
December 1st, 2008. Different models were sold in Canada. You can find the model numbers and
manufacture dates printed on a sticker on one of the support legs underneath the play yard. Manufacture
dates are printed in the YY/MM/DD format.
These particular play yards were sold at Target, Sears, and Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide and
online from January 2008 through May 2009 for around $150.
Reason for the recall:
The play yard’s rocking bassinet can tilt when secured by straps (in the non-rocking mode),
which can cause it to stay tilted without returning to a level sleeping surface. This tilted sleeping
surface can cause an infant to roll to the corner or side of the bassinet and become wedged in the
corner or pressed to the side or bottom of the bassinet. This can cause suffocation or positional
asphyxiation.
There have been 10 reports of infants rolling to the side, including 6 that had their faces pressed
against the side or bottom of the bassinet. One baby was reportedly purple and out of breath
when discovered. No further injuries have been reported.
What should you do?
Immediately stop using the bassinet attachment.
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Contact Dorel Juvenile Group (888-233-4903) for a $40 voucher toward the purchase of a new
Dorel product. You can continue to use the play yard without the bassinet.
Play Yards by Kolcraft, Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care
Bear, and Eric Carle
Date of recall: July 8th, 2009
1 million play yards are being recalled by distributor Kolcraft. The “Travelin’ Tot” series by Kolcraft is
involved, as well as other playpens manufactured for Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bear,
and Eric Carle. (Model numbers provided below.)
Some of these play yards include a bassinet and/or changing table. Some models have a mobile, vibrating
unit, or parent organizer. You can find the model numbers printed on a white sticker located on one of
the feet.
Some of these models were also recalled in September, 2007 after the death of a 10-month old.
Play Yard
Model Numbers
Other Information
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot LTD,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 2-in-1,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 3-in-1,
Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot 4-in-1
18709-BH, 18709T-BH, 18709T-DV,
18709-NF, 18709T-NF, 18710-BE,
18711T-BD, 18711T-BE, 18713T-LB,
18714T-WD, 18714-WD, 18724T-SQ,
18725-CG, 18725T-FF, 18730T-BZ,
18730T-HJ,18731- DV, 18731T-BZ,
18733-CU, 18733T-CU, 18734T-DV,
“Kolcraft” and “Travelin’ Tot” are
printed on either the fabric on the
top rail or on the lower side of the
play yards.
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18744-BL, 18751T-BZ, 18751TCU,18751-DV,18751T-DV, 18910-MQ,
18910T-EB, 18910T-LN,18920DOW,18920-OW, 18925-GS, 18925-LA,
18931-EZ, 18931T-DV, 18931T-PV,
18933T-CU, 18934-SW, 18934-DV,
18935T-UT, 18935-CH, 18942-EC,
18945T-CT, 18945T-ER, 18946-AR,
18950-GV, 18950T-GV, 18951T-DV,
18951T-GS, 18951T-MO,18960-KK,
18960T-PP, 18961-AR, 18961T-AR,
18961-CT, 18961T-CT, 18961-PP,
18961T-GF, 18961T-RV, 18962-AX,
18962T-FZ, 18962-OQ, 18962T-ZT,
KP001-BND, KP013-BPA, KP013-HGF,
KP013-JFR, KP013-NRB, KP013-PPL,
KP014-JGY, KP015-BPA, KP015-JFR,
KP016-OW, KP027-JGX
Carter’s Lennon Travelin’ Tot,
EMU Carter’s Travelin’ Tot,
Carter’s Travelin’ Tot
18740-UE, 18740T-UE, 18736T-LJ,
18737-LJ, 18737T-LJ, 18726-KA,
18726T-HM
“Carter’s" and “Travelin’ Tot” are
printed on the top rail.
“Sesame Beginnings” 2-in-1
Play Yard by Kolcraft,
Sesame Travelin’ Tot VT
22361-VT
SP001-SBK
SP004-SBK
“Sesame Beginnings” and “Travel
Play Yard Kolcraft” are printed on
the top rail or along the fabric draft
guard on the lower side of the play
yards.
Jeep Sahara, Jeep Sahara SE
Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara Limited Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara XT Play Yard,
Jeep Sahara Limited SE Play
Yard,
Jeep Sahara Limited XT Play
Yard
55200-JC, 55220-JC, 55225-JC, 55225TJC, 55235-JC, 55237-JQ, 55237T-JQ,
55237-XC, 55237-XV, 55237T-XB,
55770-XA, 55770-XI, 55772-XE, 55773XY, JP002-XSP
“Jeep” and “Sahara” are printed on
the fabric on the top rail of the play
yards.
Contours 2-in-1 Travel Playyard,
Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard,
Contours Deluxe Playyard,
Contours Travel Play Yard
18604-OC
ZP001-MON
ZP001-MYS
ZP003-MAL
ZP004-MAL
“Kolcraft” and “Contours” are
printed along the draft guard on the
lower side of the play yards.
Care Bear Play Yard
18960-KK
Eric Carle Play Yard with
Activity Gym
18763-EK
18763T-EK
Reason for the recall:
The side rail can fail to latch properly. When a child pushes against the rail, it can unlatch
unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard.
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There have been 347 reports of the sides collapsing, resulting in 21 injuries, including bumps,
bruises, scrapes, and one concussion.
What should you do?
Immediately stop using the play yards.
Contact Kolcraft (866-594-4208) for a free repair kit.
Kolcraft Travelin’
Tot Series
Contours 3-in-1
Play Yards
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Sesame
Beginnings
Carter’s Lennon
“Travelin’ Tot”
Jeep Sahara
Series
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Safety 1st Disney Care Center & Eddie Bauer Complete Care Playpens
Date of recall: December 30th, 2009
These playpens are portable and were sold with a bassinet attachment and built-in changing station.
Models being recalled are 05025, 05026, 05037, 05088 and 05350. You can find the model numbers
printed on a sticker located on one of the support legs. “Safety 1st” or “Eddie Bauer” are printed near the
bottom on the fabric sides of the play yards.
The playpens were sold at Babies “R” Us, Kmart, Sears, Target, and Walmart from January 2007 through
October 2009 for between $100 and $130 each.
Reason for the recall:
The one piece metal bars supporting the floorboard of the bassinet attachment can come out of the
fabric sleeves and create an uneven sleeping surface, posing a risk of entrapment and suffocation.
What should you do?
Immediately stop using the bassinet attachment.
Contact Dorel Juvenile Group (866-762-2166) for a free repair kit, including replacement
bassinet fabric, bassinet bars, and installation instructions.
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