Largest Crib Recall in History
Over two million cribs are being recalled after reports of four suffocation deaths. The Stork Craft drop-side cribs were distributed between 1993 and October 2009, and sold at major retailers including Sears, Wal-Mart, and BJ’s Wholesale Club as well as online at Target and Costco. The cribs were manufactured in Canada, Indonesia, and China, and sold in Canada and the U.S.
The drop-side cribs have problems when the hardware that allows the side to drop is broken, becomes deformed, or lost after years, or is put together wrong by the consumer. As a result, there have been 110 reports of the drop-side detaching from the crib. This can create a dangerous situation for infants by leaving a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress; children can be trapped in this space.
Earlier this year, Stork Craft, based in Canada, recalled half a million cribs because of issues with the metal brackets supporting the crib mattress. Some of these models were part of the latest recall.
CPSC Slow to Act
The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that the agency was slow to act with the series of crib safety problems, in spite of a law passed by Congress earlier this year giving CPSC regulators more authority to watch over the industry.
For years, consumer advocates have complained about problems with drop-side cribs. There have been 12 deaths associated with cribs, leading to the recall of around five million cribs over the last two years.
Consumers are asked to stop using the cribs immediately, and can call Stork Craft (877-274-0277) or visit their website to order a free repair kit.