Seven crib manufacturers are announcing recalls to repair cribs that can trap and suffocate infants.
This is the latest industry-wide initiative to fix inherent problems with the drop-side cribs, which the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced will be phased-out.
In May, the CPSC reported 32 fatalities had resulted from drop-side cribs over the last nine year.
Drop-side hardware is known to fail causing the drop-side of the crib to detach or fall into a dropped position. When that happens it creates a space where an infant can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle.
The CPSC is cooperating with the seven firms to announce the voluntary recall. More than two million cribs are included in the recall with a drop-side that allows easy access for a parent holding a child.
Nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled over the past five years. They are still widely available on the resale market, though Wal-Mart and Babies R Us have stopped selling them.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, has introduced introduced legislation to oulaw the use of drop-side cribs in day care centers and hotels.
The CPSC warns parents should not try to fix the cribs with any homemade remedies. The various manufacturers are offering remedies that should be available soon.
The drop-side cribs recalled today were manufactured between 2000 and 2009 by the seven companies listed below:
- Child Craft, (this firm is out of business): Fixed-Side | Drop-Side
- Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y.
- Evenflo, of Miamisburg, Ohio
- Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan
- LaJobi, of Cranbury, N.J.
- Million Dollar Baby, of Montebello, Calif.
- Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP), of New London, Wis.