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Infant deaths trigger massive crib recall

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By Sheilah Downey

Infant deaths trigger massive crib recall in November 2009

A crib recall for more than 2 million Stork Craft cribs has been issued after reports of suffocation and entrapments to infants, according to a warning notice issued on November 23, 2009 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Four of the entrapments resulted in the suffocation of infants, said the CSPC notice, including a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y., a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La., a 6-month-old in Summversville, W.Va., and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y.

crib1_608147139.jpgThe crib recall is in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing of British Columbia, Canada, and include about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall includes 1,213,000 cribs in the U.S. and 968,000 in Canada.

The CSPC said they are aware of a total of 110 incidents where the drop-side of the crib detached. Sixty seven of the incidents occurred in the U.S. and 43 in Canada.

The incidents included 15 entrapments, with 20 falls from cribs, said the CSPC notice. Falls injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises.

The cribs in the incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips, stripped screws or drop-sides installed upside-down.

The CSPC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their children.

They advised people to contact Stork Craft at (877) 274-0277 to get a free repair kit to fix the problem and also advised consumers not to attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. The kit converts the drop-side on the cribs to a fixed side.

crib2_298505756.jpgMajor retailers selling the recalled cribs included Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Sears, and BJ's Wholesale Club. The cribs were also available online at Amazon, BabiesRUs, Costco and Target.

The crib recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and the drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. It does not involve cribs without a drop-side, does not involve cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand system drop-side hardware, said the CPSC notice.

crib3_747610192.jpgThe crib recall includes Stork Craft cribs manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004.

The manufacture information such as date and model number can be found on the mattress support board. The firm's insignia "storkcraft baby" or "storkling" is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In the Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo, the logo can be found on the teething rail, the mattress support board and on the end panels.

The current crib recall by Stork Craft is not the first.  Actually on January 13, 2009, the company issued a recall for more than 500,000 cribs including 92,000 with the Fisher-Price logo because of the same old problems: entrapment and suffocation.

That crib recall involved Stork Craft Baby cribs and Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo with manufacturing and distribution dates between May 2000 and November 2008.