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Infant death prompts crib recall reminder

by Aimee Keenan-Greene

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Delta Enterprise Corp. are re-announcing the 2008 recall of almost 1 million drop-side cribs with "Crib Trigger Lock and Safety Peg" hardware concerns following yet another child fatality.

Originally an 8-month-old girl became entrapped and suffocated when the drop side of the crib detached. The crib had been re-assembled without safety pegs. There were also reports of two entrapments and nine detachments in cribs without safety pegs.

This past January 2011, CPSC and Delta learned of a 2009 death in which 7-month-old girl from Colorado became entrapped and suffocated between the detached drop-side and mattress of her still-used recalled crib.

The crib was purchased secondhand and also re-assembled without safety pegs in the bottom tracks.

The new cribs were sold at major retail stores including Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and December 2005 (through September 2007 for model 4624) for about $100.

Delta's name and address is printed on the mattress support boards and the Delta logo is on the crib's top teether rail. Model numbers are located on the top of the mattress support board. This announcement includes the following 49 crib models with "Crib Trigger Lock with Safety Peg" drop-side hardware:

  • 4320, 4340;
  • 4500, 4520, 4530, 4532, 4540, 4542, 4550, 4551, 4580;
  • 4600, 4620, 4624 - production dates 01/06 thru 11/07, 4640, 4660, 4720, 4735, 4742, 4750 - production dates 01/95 thru 12/00;
  • 4760, 4770, 4780, 4790;
  • 4820, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4880, 4890, 4892; and
  • 4900, 4910, 4920, 4925-2, 4925-6, 4930, 4940, 4943, 4944, 4947, 4948, 4949, 4950, 4958, 4963, 4968, 4969, 4980.

CPSC says to immediately stop using cribs that are missing a safety peg and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. Call Delta toll-free at (800) 816-5304 anytime or visit www.cribrecallcenter.com to order the free repair kit. 

A recent study in the Journal Pediatrics  says more awareness is needed surrounding crib, playpen and bassinet injuries. 

Researchers say injuries are consistently high and more needs to be done to ensure safety in the design and manufacture of these products. Further, parents need to ensure their proper use in the home.

The study is a retrospective analysis using data from the National  Injury Surveillance System for children under 2 years of age treated in emergency departments in the US from 1990 through 2008 for any injury associated with cribs, playpens, and bassinets. 

Scientists found an estimated 181,654 (95 percent confidence interval: 148,548 – 214,761) children younger than 2 years of age were treated in emergency departments in the United States for injuries related to cribs, playpens, and bassinets during the 19-year study period.

There was an average of 9561 cases per year or 12.1 injuries per 10,000 children under 2 years old annually.
Injuries occurred most often in association with:

  • cribs - 83.2 %
  • playpens - 12.6 % 
  • bassinets -  4.2 % 

The most common mechanism of injury was a fall from a crib, playpen, or bassinet, representing 66.2 percent of injuries.

Last year the Consumer Product Safety Commission  unanimously approved new standards to take all drop-side cribs off the market by June 28, 2011.

The CPSC is also mandating stronger mattress supports, more durable crib hardware, and more rigorous safety testing.

More than 59,000 childcare facilities nationwide will now have to conform to performance standards. An additional 53,000 hotels and motels will need to follow the new regulation.

The CPSC estimates these types of public establishments alone have 935,000 cribs that need replacing, at a total cost of $467 million. CPSC Commissioner Anne Northrup said almost every large daycare center who spoke to them had asked for 5 years to comply. They have until June 2012.

The CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths occurred due to defective hardware.

The CPSC Safe Sleep Campaign says to further reduce the risk of child sleep injuries, always lay a baby on their back, remove all loose pillows and bedding, and use only a fitted bottom sheet designed for the mattress, to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Additional Resources:

CPSC toll-free hotline for consumers: 800-638-CPSC.