The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled over 2 million cribs after children have died from getting caught in the side.
This voluntary recall in the U.S. and Canada involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall is solely for these cribs, and not for those without a drop-side, or those with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only cribs with plastic triggers and one-hand-system drop-side hardware.
The CPSC says parents should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and order the free repair kit offered by Stork Craft that converts the drop-side to a fixed side.
According to the Feds, the cribs' drop-side plastic hardware can break or be installed improperly, resulting in broken parts. Because of this, the drop-side can detach, creating a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress where infants and toddlers can become entrapped and suffocate. The drop-side can also completely come apart, causing children to fall from the crib.
Over 100 children have been injured while in these cribs, and four have died. Twenty infants have fallen out of these cribs, and have suffered from injuries that ranged from a concussion to bumps and bruises. The CPSC says the cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken or was missing, or drop-sides that were installed upside-down.
According to the CPSC's press release, the recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009, and also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The firm's insignia, "storkcraft baby" or "storkling," is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the Fisher-Price logo, this logo can be found on the crib's teething rail, in the manufacturer's instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.
The cribs were sold at most major retailers, including BJ's Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart. They were also sold online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.
For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.
As for common sense advice, the CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop-side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire, or rope.
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