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Baby Crib and Play Yard Recalled

The purpose and goal of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. 

Committed to protecting consumers and families from products that may cause risk of fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard, the CPSC works to ensure the safety of consumer products, such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals.

Earlier this week, CPSC, in cooperation with Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, announced a voluntary recall of Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs.  Sold exclusively through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, www.potterybarnkids.com , and at Pottery Barn Kids retail stores nationwide from January 1999 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600, the recall is for all Pottery Barn Kids drop side cribs regardless of the model number.

Having received 36 reports of minor injuries when children fell out of the cribs or got their legs caught between the mattress and the drop side due to drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached,  CPSC and Pottery Barn Kids made the determination to recall the cribs.  One child became entrapped at the head between the drop side and crib mattress but was freed without injury.
The hazard described in the CPSC’s report states “cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.”

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, inspect the hardware to make sure it is not broken, and contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a free fixed-gate conversion kit that will immobilize the drop side.  For additional information, contact Pottery Barn Kids at (877) 804-3847 between 7 a.m. and midnight 7 days a week or visit the firm’s website at www.potterbarnkids.com.
Also recalled this week, Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Play Yard Tents Plus Cabana Kits manufactured by Tots in Mind Inc., of Salem, NH.  A 2 year old boy in Vinalhaven, ME died in December 2008 by strangulation when trapped between the play yard frame and metal base rod of the tent.

CPSC describes the malfunction, “Clips that attach the tent to the top of the play yard can break or be removed by a child. A child can lift the tent and become entrapped at the neck between the rigid play yard frame and the metal base rod of the tent, posing a strangulation hazard.”

About 20,000 of the dome-shaped white-colored mesh tents sold in the US, are designed to fit over play yards to contain a child. There are 12 plastic clips to secure the base of the tent to the top rail of the play yard through button holes along the bottom of the tent. The tent has a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child.

Consumers should immediately stop using the play yard tents and contact Tots in Mind to get free replacement clips. Replacement clips will be available in late August or early September 2010. Contact Tots in Mind toll-free at (800) 626-0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.TotsinMind.com.

The work and dedication to safety of the CPSC has contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Safety issues with baby cribs has spurned the CPSC to proposed new mandatory standards to address the hazards posed by full-size and non-full-size cribs regarding drop side and mattress support hazards in hopes of avoiding any more injury or death to children. 
As stated in a July 14, 2010 release by the CPSC:

“The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) directs CPSC to issue mandatory safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. CPSC’s notice of proposed rulemaking ("NPR") for cribs includes:"
 
1.    a standard for full-size cribs that is substantially the same as ASTM F 1169-10, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, with one modification . The one modification that CPSC is proposing to the ASTM full-size crib standard would require cribs to be tested without the re-tightening of screws between tests in order to ensure that the tests reflect the lifetime use of the crib; and

2.    a standard for non-full-size cribs that is substantially the same as ASTM F 406-10, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, with certain modifications. These modifications include adding certain requirements that apply to full-size cribs, such as the mattress support performance requirement, the side-impact test, and the order in which performance tests are to be done, applicable to non-full-size cribs so that the new standard for non-full-size cribs is more stringent. The proposal also would restore movable side latch tests to the non-full-size crib standard and would clarify that the proposal does not extend to play yards.

“CPSC staff is working to finalize the proposed mandatory crib standards in 2010.”

CPSC’s Most Wanted List:

*Delta Cribs (since 2008)
*Dorel Cribs – 14 varieties (2010)
*Kolcraft Play Yards – 12 varieties (since 2007)
*Simplicity Bassinets – 3 varieties (since 2008)
*Simplicity Cribs – many varieties (2005-2010)
*Simplicity Play Yards – 2 varieties (since 2009)

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

Laura Lamp King