Welcome! We regret to inform you that the Injury Board National News Desk has been discontinued. Feel free to browse around and enjoy our previously published articles, or visit The Injury Blog Network for the latest in personal injury news.

CPSC Admits To Moving Too Slowly On Crib Safety

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:03 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Baby Cribs, Stork Craft, Crib Recall, Suffocation, Child Safety, Fisher Price, CPSC



In the wake of one of the largest crib recalls in U.S. history, the Consumer Product Safety Commission “concedes to not acting as quickly as it should regarding crib safety problems.”

Inez Tenenbaum, chair of the CPSC, was interviewed on morning news shows today and pledged that the agency would “firmly but fairly” enforce a law passed by Congress last year giving regulators greater authority to oversee the industry.

Yesterday, Stork Craft Manufacturing announced a recall of more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs in the United States and Canada following reports of four infant suffocations. Additionally, there have been 110 reports of incidents in which drop-sides detached from the cribs.

The recalled brand of cribs has had problems with their hardware which can break, or with assembly mistakes by the crib owner. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach, which can create a gap and entrap a child. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.

In January, the company recalled about 500,000 cribs because of problems with metal brackets that support the mattress. The new recall includes some of the same models from the earlier recall, CPSC said.

Tenebaum was asked why federal regulators hadn’t stepped in sooner.

"We have not been acting as swiftly as we should have at the Consumer Product Safety Commission on these types of incidents," she replied. "I have just been appointed a few months ago to chair the CPSC and this case came in front of me just a few weeks ago."

In the past two years alone, more than 5 million baby cribs have been recalled – the recalls have been associated with the deaths of at least twelve young children.

CPSC is considering new rules for making cribs safer and could adopt recently approved standards set by ASTM International that requires immoveable, or fixed, sides for full-size cribs – which will eliminate the manufacture of drop-side cribs.

“Parents should be able to trust their child is safe in their crib,” said Nancy Cowles, of Kids in Danger. “The agency must include more stringent testing for crib durability.”

Mike Bryant, St. Cloud Injury Board Partner, says if you or a family member is injured by a product, immediate medical care is advised. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem as there may be time limits. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

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

No Comments

Comments for this article are closed.

About the National News Desk

Our mission is to seek the complete truth and provide a full and fair account of the events and issues that surround personal safety, accident prevention, and injury recovery.  We are committed to serving the public with honesty and integrity in these efforts.

Hurt in an accident? Contact an Injury Board member

Subscribe to Blog Updates

Enter your email address if you would like to receive email notifications when comments are made on this post.

Email address


RSS Feed

Add the National News Desk to your favorite RSS reader

Add to Google Reader Add to myYahoo Add to myMSN Add to Bloglines Add to Newsgator Add to Netvibes Add to Pageflakes