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CPSC - 2.1 Million Cribs Recalled By Stork Craft

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Monday, November 23, 2009 8:00 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Stork Craft, Crib Recall, Suffocation, Child Safety, Fisher Price, CPSC

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IMAGE SOURCE: © CPSC

In one of the biggest crib recalls in U.S. history, Stork Craft Manufacturing announced a voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs today.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and approximately 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based.

About 150,000 of the recalled cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.

CPSC is aware of four deaths of young children who suffocated in the cribs, which have a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs.

The cribs have had problems with their hardware, which can break, or with assembly mistakes by the crib owner.

The cribs were sold at major retailers in the United States and Canada including Kmart, JC Penney, Sears and Wal-Mart. They were also sold online at Amazon.com, Target.com and BabiesRUs.com and others.

Consumers should contact Stork Craft for a free repair kit that will convert the drop-side on the crib to a fixed side. The agency urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs. Parents should “find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby,” the CPSC said in an e-mailed statement.

Consumers should not attempt to fix the crib without the proper repair kit.

Important CPSC Reminder:

Parents should not use any crib with broken, missing or loose parts.

Hardware should be checked and tightened regularly to ensure the crib is sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should make sure the drop-side or other moving part operates properly.

Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement, which can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, never attempt to repair a crib, using rope, tape or wire.

For more information on the recall, visit the Stork Craft Web site or call the company toll free at (877) 274-0277. #


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