More than two-million cribs are being recalled by Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada. The crib recall is in response to entrapment and suffocation hazards, which have resulted in numerous infant deaths in the United States and Canada.
The crib recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with a Fisher-Price logo. The drop-side plastic hardware on these recalled cribs can break or deform, or parts can be lost. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which could result in broken 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, where infants and toddlers can become entrapped.
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 U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.
These recalled cribs were sold at major stores across the United States, including but not limited to J.C. Penny, Kmart, Meijer, Sears and Wal-Mart, as well as online at ecommerce stores like Amazon.com, Costco.com and Target.com.
The recalled cribs were sold between January 1993 and October 2009 and cost between $100 and $400 depending on store and model.
For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.
Remember that these cribs will probably continue to be sold second-hand for many years to come. Always check for recalls when you buy cribs (or any product) from thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and other second-hand sources.