FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
January 20, 1987  
Release # 87-004
 

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Columbia Cascade Timber Company, Portland, Oregon, today announced a voluntary repair program affecting an estimated 1,500 installations of their TimberForm 4000 Series Play Platforms. Children can become entrapped in the spaces between the metal ladder rungs and the wooden platform deck.

The Commission and he firm are aware of at least 4 instances of head entrapment in these play structures. No injuries have been reported. All the reported incidents occurred during supervised play.

TimberForm 4000 Series Play Platforms are installed in various configurations depending upon options ordered by each customer. It is, generally, heavy-duty wooden playground equipment, typically found on public playgrounds and at church, school, or childcare facilities.

Using its sales records, Columbia Cascade will contact directly, by first class mail and through sales representatives, each known owner of the equipment involved to advise them of the hazard and arrange for repairs to prevent entrapment. The firm will provide, at no cost to the customer, all necessary parts and installation instructions.

Columbia Cascade is repairing all TimberForm 4000 Series playground equipment sold before January 1, 1986. Anyone who believes they own the equipment involved in this program may contact Columbia Cascade for assistance in identifying the equipment and obtaining information about repairs.

For additional information, contact Columbia Cascade Timber Company at 503-223-1157 (COLLECT) or call CPSC toll-free hotline at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.