WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of Richmond, BC, announced the record voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo.
The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada. The total is more than double the previous record number of drop-side cribs recalled by Simplicity Inc. in September 2007.
CPSC said the cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation.
Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib. CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the United States and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in death by suffocation of infants. Also included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs. CPSC urged parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side.
The recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo sold between January 1993 and October 2009 at various major retailers and online. The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia.
The recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side nor does it involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware.
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