Crib recall involves some 2 million cribs from seven manufacturers because of suffocation and fall-out hazards.
A massive crib recall was announced Thursday, which includes some 2 million cribs manufactured by seven companies, including Simmons Juvenile Products, Million Dollar Baby, LaJobi, Jardine, Evenflo, Delta Enterprise, and Child Craft Industries.
Eight crib models are included in the voluntarily recall. All but one have drop sides that can “malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, and creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation,” according to a statement released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The exception – the Child Craft brand "Crib ‘N' Double Bed" – is a stationary-side crib, but it poses a similar hazard, according to the CPSC. It comes with side panels that can be assembled upside-down but appear correctly constructed, leaving a dangerous five-inch gap at the top of the crib where toddlers can become ensnarled.
For owners of the recalled drop-side cribs, the CPSC is urging parents to stop using them immediately and find a safe place for their child to sleep.
For owners of the recalled Child Craft stationary crib, the commission says parents may continue to use the crib after ensuring that it has been assembled correctly.
Below is detailed information about how to repair or replace the various recalled products. More information is available at the CPSC’s crib recall website.
Simmons Easy Drop-side cribs
About 50,000 Simmons Easy Side Drop-side cribs are included in the recall. The cribs were sold at children’s product stores and other retailers nationwide and online from January 2002 through February 2007 for between $100 and $500.
The recall was announced after 30 reports of sides that malfunctioned or detached were reported. Two children became entrapped between the drop-side and the crib mattress. Two other children fell out of their cribs when the drop side malfunctioned. No serious injuries resulting from the incidents were reported.
To determine if your crib is on the recall list, look for the model number printed on the bottom base of the crib’s headboard. Recalled model numbers include:
If you have one of these models, contact Simmons to request a free repair kit to immobilize the drop-side. The kits will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, CPSC recommends that parents and caretakers find an alternate, safe sleeping place for the child.
For more information about how to locate the model number on your crib and how to order a repair kit, visit the company's recall website or call (877) 342-3439 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.
Million Dollar Baby Drop-Side cribs
Some 156,000 of the Baby Drop-Side cribs sold at retailers nationwide from January 2000 through March 2010 for between $100 and $330 are included in the recall.
The company received 43 reports of drop-side failures with the affected models, which were manufactured in Taiwan and China. There were eight reports of children becoming stuck between the mattress and drop side. Three children fell out of the crib when the drop side failed. Injury reports included bruising to the children’s heads and upper bodies.
If you own one of the “safety glide” or exposed hardwood Million Dollar Baby drop-side cribs, look for one of the following model numbers on the crib’s headboard:
For hidden hardware cribs, the following models are included in the recall:
If you own one of the affected models, call Million Dollar Baby at (888) 673-6488 anytime, or visit the firm's website to obtain a free repair kit, which will be available in the next few weeks. Until the kit arrives, find a safe place outside the crib for your child to sleep.
Lajobi brand Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI Drop-Side Cribs
About 306,000 of these cribs sold at retailers across the country from May 1999 through May 2009 for between $300 and $430 are included in the recall.
The cribs have drop-side hardware that contains pegs recessed into either the drop-side or the headboard and footboard of the crib, according to the CPSC. A label on the headboard of the crib identifies the manufacturer as Lajobi.
The company has received 40 reports of drop-sides that detached or malfunctioned. In one incident, a child fell out of the crib and was bruised when the drop-side detached.
If you own one of the Lajobi cribs included in the recall, you may contact the company at (888) 738-5676 anytime or visit the firm's website to order a repair kit to immobilize the drop-sides. Until the kits become available in a few weeks, parents or caretakers should find other, safe places for their children to sleep.
Jardine drop-side cribs
All Jardine brand drop-side cribs sold at Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us, Geoffrey Stores, and KidsWorld stores across the country from January 2002 through June 2009 are being recalled. Some 130,000 of the cribs were sold, retailing for between $150 and $480. The products were manufactured in China and Vietnam.
Jardine has received 47 reports of drop-sides on the cribs that malfunctioned. In one of these incidents, a child was found unconscious after becoming entrapped and was hospitalized. Nine other reports involving entrapments or fallouts resulted in minor injuries, but one child sustained a broken collarbone.
To determine if your Jardine cribe is included in the recall, find the model number and date code printed on one of the crib’s end panels. The following model numbers are affected by the recall:
If you have one of the recalled cribs, contact Jardine at (800) 295-1980 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website to order a repair kit, and immediately stop using the crib.
Evenflo Jenny Lind Cribs
About 750,000 Evenflo Jenny Lind drop-side cribs sold at stores nationwide from January 2000 through November 2007 for about $200 are being recalled.
The following Jenny Lind crib model numbers are included in the recall:
Evenflo received 31 reports of drop-sides malfunctions leading to the recall. Nine children fell out of the crib when the drop side detached. In addition, CPSC has received two reports of children who became entrapped when the mattress support detached in one corner of cribs manufactured between 2000 and 2004. Bruises and scratches were sustained.
The cribs were manufactured in Mexico and China.
If you have one of the recalled models, stop using the crib immediately and find a safe place for your child to sleep. To obtain a free repair kit and learn more about the recall, contact Evenflo at (800) 356-2229 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website.
Delta drop-side cribs and cribs including wooden stabilizer bars
Delta has recalled some 747,000 drop-side cribs and all Delta cribs using wooden stabilizer bars to support the mattress platform. Three different kinds of drop-side cribs are being recalled.
In order to determine if your crib is on the list, visit the Delta Enterprise recall center for a full description of the products. You may also call Delta at (877) 342-3418 between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.
The recalled cribs were sold between January 2000 and May 2009 at retailers nationwide for between $100 and $300. The company received 57 reports of malfunctioning drop sides on the cribs, resulting in three entrapments and one crib fall-out. No serious injuries were reported. CPSC is also aware of 19 reports in which stabilizer bars were installed upside-down, resulting in 10 mattress platform collapses.
The recalled Delta cribs were manufactured in China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Croatia.
If you have one of the cribs, stop using it immediately and visit the company website or the CPSC crib recall site to obtain a free repair kit. You should also check the company website to ensure that you have installed the wooden mattress support bar correctly.
Child Craft drop side cribs
An unknown number of Child Craft brand drop-side cribs sold at Babies R Us, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, and various specialty stores nationwide between January 2000 and July 2009 are being recalled.
All Child Craft drop-side cribs with the following model numbers manufactured between 2000 and 2009 are affected:
The drop-side hardware on these cribs can fail, causing the drop-side to detach from the crib or fall to the dropped position. If this happens, a space is created in which a child can become trapped and suffocate or strangle, the CPSC said in a statement.
The CPSC has received seven reports of the drop side failing in the Child Craft drop-side cribs resulting in children becoming entrapped.
If you have one of the recalled Child Craft models, stop using the cribs immediately and do not try to repair them. Rebates towards the purchase of a new, fixed-side Child Craft brand crib will be offered by Foundations Worldwide (which bought the brand name in July 2009). For more information and to request a rebate, call Foundations Worldwide at (866) 614-0557 anytime or visit the company’s website.
Child Craft Brand Stationary-Side Cribs
Between 40,000 and 50,000 Child Craft brand "Crib ‘N' Double Bed" full size stationary-side cribs are being recalled. The cribs’ side panels can be assembled upside-down but appear to be constructed correctly, leaving a gap at the top of the crib where a child can become trapped.
All Child Craft stationary-side cribs that come with a wooden dowel across the top of the side panels are affected. According to the CPSC, this includes, but is not limited to, crib model number 36101.
The recalled cribs were sold at Babies ‘R Us and other stores across the country between January 1998 and June 2009 and retailed at $600 and $650.
The CPSC has received four reports of children becoming stuck between the dowel and the crib's stationary front side either by their heads or their arms. Children can become entrapped on either the front or back sides of the cribs.
If you have one of the recalled cribs, examine it immediately to determine whether it has been put together correctly. You should measure the gap between the front and back panesl of the crib and the wooden dowel that runs along the top. The space between the parts should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches wide – otherwise the panel has been attached upside-down and must be reassembled.
Consumers with these cribs should contact Foundations Worldwide for instructions and decals to attach to the crib’s sides to ensure proper assembly in the future. Contact the company at (866) 614-0557 anytime, or visit the firm's website.