Barbados-based crib maker Dorel Asia announced today the recall of nearly 700,000 cribs after a 6-month-old boy died when he became trapped.
The cribs, sold by Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and other stores, feature both drop sides and fixed front rails. Some of the Chinese- and Vietnamese-made cribs were recalled because their drop sides can detach, creating a space where a child can be trapped and suffocate or strangle.
A 6-month-old boy from Iowa was strangled after he became trapped in the crib when the drop-side hardware broke. His parents were using the crib after trying to fix it themselves.
In a statement, Dorel called the circumstances leading to the child's death as "highly unusual," pointing out the crib was broken and the parents had held together the sides with duct tape.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says they've received 31 reports of incidents involving injuries due to drop-side cribs.
"Hundreds of thousands of Dorel Asia cribs have been properly assembled and used safely without incident," the company said in a statement. "At Dorel Asia there is nothing more important than a baby's health and safety."
To receive a free repair kit to prevent this hazard, contact Dorel Asia at 866-762-2304. More information is available online at dorel-asia.com. For all recalled crib models, check out the full press release.