Child Craft, Evenflo, Other Manufacturers Recall CribsJun 24, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Seven manufacturers have issued recalls totaling more than two million defective cribs to address entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said today. Firms issuing the recalls include Child Craft, Evenflow, Delta Enterprises, Jardin Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products.
Nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled over the past five years and CPSC staff has determined drop-side cribs generally have a tendency to be less structurally sound than cribs with four fixed sides.
According to the CPSC, the industry launched the new initiative to secure drop sides on these cribs with free immobilization devices. The recalls are meant to address drop-side hazards and other hazards. The recalling firms are providing consumers with free repair kits. Do not attempt to fix these cribs with homemade remedies.
The drop-side and fixed-side crib recalls announced today are of units manufactured between 2000 and 2009 by the companies listed below said the CPSC and The Associated Press (AP). Consumers should contact these firms directly for the appropriate remedy.
• Child Craft, (this firm is out of business): 40,000-50,000 stationary-side cribs and an unknown number of drop-sides. Child Craft ceased operations last summer and sold its name to Foundations Worldwide Inc., which did not manufacture or sell any of the recalled cribs but will offer rebates for some of them.
• Delta Enterprise Corp. of New York, New York: 747,000 drop-side cribs; however, the firm urges consumers to check all cribs and CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said Delta “was not cooperative with providing the full number of units involved in the mattress support assembly problem,” quoted the AP.
• Evenflo of Miamisburg, Ohio: 750,000 Jenny Lind drop-side cribs.
• Jardine Enterprises of Taipei, Taiwan:130,000 drop-side cribs imported by Toys R Us.
• LaJobi of Cranbury, New Jersey: 306,000 Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI drop-side cribs.
• Million Dollar Baby of Montebello, California: 156,000 drop-side cribs.
• Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP) of New London, Wisconsin: 50,000 drop-side cribs.
More detailed information on these recalls and recall information can be accessed at:
• On the CPSC Website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10270.html and http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10225.html
• The CPSC’s Crib Information Center site at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html for more information on these issues
• For concerns regarding recalled bassinets, the CPSC has a dedicated site at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cgi-bin/bassinets.aspx
The firms involved in today’s recalls are providing immobilization devices or other remedies as part of Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) crib safety initiative. JPMA’s website, www.cribsafety.org has a list of participating manufacturers and other important information.
The immobilization devices, which will be available in the next few weeks, should be attached to keep the drop side from detaching from the cribs. Immobilization devices are not a solution for cribs with broken or damaged drop-side hardware. If your drop-side hardware is broken, contact the manufacturer for an alternative remedy.
Drop-side crib incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly or age-related wear and tear. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs do not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.
The AP noted that while no deaths were linked to the cribs involved in these latest recalls, at least 16 reports were received regarding infant entrapment with one child found unconscious and requiring hospitalization. Also, said the AP, drop-sides have been implicated in at least 32 infants and toddler deaths since 2000, with cribs suspected in another 14 infant deaths.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat-New York) has introduced legislation in Congress to outlaw the sale and manufacture of drop-side cribs, said the AP, noting that another bill was introduced in the House by Representative Joe Crowley (Democrat-New York).