The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of 2.1 million baby cribs for safety deficiencies that could lead to infant suffocation. CPSC has recalled Stork Craft drop-side baby cribs for hardware safety problems. The cribs are manufactured by Stork Craft Manufacturing, Inc. of British Columbia. It’s estimated that 1.2 million of the cribs have been sold in the United States. According to the federal agency, at least 147,000 of the cribs may have a Fisher-Price label on them. The cribs have been sold since 1993 at major retailers including Sears and Wal-Mart.
The problem with the cribs involves the drop-side which is attached with plastic hardware that may detach creating a space between the crib wall and the mattress. Infants and toddlers can become trapped in the space or fall to the floor. Thus far, there have been 110 documented cases of drop-side crib detachment, 67 of which were reported in the US.
In the wake of yesterday’s latest crib recall, some consumer advocates and child safety experts have called for an outright ban of drop-side cribs.
“This has certainly been a hazard that we’ve been aware of for some time,” said Nancy Cowles, director of Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based advocacy group. Drop-side cribs have been associated with “dozens of deaths” over the years, she added.
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