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Seven firms recall 2 million drop-side cribs

Consumer Reports News: June 24, 2010 08:18 AM

Seven manufacturers today recalled more than 2 million drop-side cribs and are offering parents repair kits that would immobilize the sides. The deaths of children in drop-side cribs has led to the recalls of millions of cribs in recent years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced today's recalls, says that drop-side cribs tend to be less sturdy than fixed-side cribs and many have been plagued with problems caused by faulty hardware. Since January 2000 there have been 32 infant and toddler suffocation and strangulation deaths in drop-side cribs.

Today's recalls are being made by the following companies:

Child Craft (now out of business)
50,000 fixed side cribs (four entrapments)
All of the brand's drop-side cribs (one entrapment, one fall)

Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y.
747,000 cribs
(five entrapments, one fall)

Evenflo, of Miamisburg, Ohio
750,000 cribs (three entrapments, nine falls)

Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan
130,000 cribs (10 entrapments)

LaJobi, of Cranbury, N.J.
306,000 cribs (one fall)

Million Dollar Baby, of Montebello, Calif.
156,000 cribs (eight entrapments, three falls)

Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP), of New London, Wis.
50,000 cribs (two entrapments, two falls)

The CPSC's emphatic message to parents: Do not attempt to fix these cribs with homemade remedies. “Cribs should be the safest place in the home for infants and toddlers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC is committed to addressing the hazards with cribs and to restoring parents’ confidence that their child will have a safe sleep.”

The agency continues to actively investigate various cribs for potential drop-side and other hazards as part of a larger effort to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. The CPSC staff is also working on a new mandatory standard to make cribs safer, which is targeted for completion later this year. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has also launched a new crib safety initiative. The companies involved in today’s recalls are providing immobilization devices or other remedies as part of JPMA’s crib safety initiative. Consumers can visit JPMA’s website, www.cribsafety.org, for a list of participating manufacturers.

It's important to note that the immobilization devices, which will be available in the next few weeks, are not a solution for cribs with broken or damaged drop-side hardware. If your drop-side hardware is broken, contact the manufacturer for an alternative remedy.

If your crib has been recalled or it has missing, broken or loose parts, find an alternate safe sleep environment intended for a baby. For more information, visit the CPSC's Crib information center.

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