Infant death prompts crib recall reminder
- 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.
CPSC toll-free hotline for consumers: 800-638-CPSC.