WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with J.C. Penney, announced a voluntary recall of Alexander Designs Ltd. brand drop-side cribs. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Alexander Designs Ltd. brand drop-side cribs
Units: About 11,400
Manufacturer: Jardine Enterprises Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan
Distributor: J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas
Hazard: The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib. Drop-side rail failures also can occur due to incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear. Other models of Jardine drop-side cribs were recalled for repair on June 24, 2010.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received two reports of incidents involving drop-side malfunctions on Alexander Designs drop-side cribs. In one incident, which involved a crib that had been misassembled, the plastic hardware broke and the drop-side rail fell unexpectedly. In a second incident, a hardware failure caused the drop-side rail to detach from the crib. No injuries were reported.
Description: This recall involves full-size cribs sold under the Alexander Designs brand name. âAlexander Designs Ltd.â and the JCPenney catalog/item number are printed on a label on the cribâs headboard.
Sold through: JCPenney printed catalogs and online at JCPenney.com from March 2003 through April 2007 for about $200.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the cribs and obtain a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the childâs age.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 295-1980 anytime or visit the firmâs website at http://www.jdservice.biz/jcp-safety-notice
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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