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Diane Drop Side Cribs Recalled for Entrapment, Fall Hazard

Jan 15, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

"Diane" drop side cribs distributed by Caramia Furniture and Mother Hubbard Cupboard’s, of Ontario, Canada are being recalled this morning because of a fall and entrapment hazard.  This is just the latest recall of drop side cribs to be issued over the past several years.

Drop side cribs are popular because they allow caregivers to easily access the beds. Unfortunately, poor design, poorly written assembly directions, or broken pieces can all cause the side rail to fall unexpectedly, or separate from the rest of the bed, creating an entrapment hazard. In many instances, children have been injured and even killed after becoming entrapped in a gap between the side rail and headboard of a drop side crib.More than 5 million drop side cribs have been recalled over the past two years alone, and such cribs have been connected with the deaths of a dozen young children.

Last November, following a massive recall of Stork Craft drop side cribs that had been implicated in the suffocation deaths of four children, the head of the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) advised that parents and caregivers abandon drop side cribs. Inez Tenenbaum also admitted that her agency’s track record on crib safety hasn’t exactly been stellar.

At the time, Tenenbaum said the CPSC would be proposing new mandatory crib regulations in the next few months, but said she did “not think drop-sides will be a part of cribs in the future.”

This latest recall involves about 1,000 “Diane” cribs distributed by Caramia Furniture and Mother Hubbard Cupboard’s, of Ontario, Canada. The cribs were manufactured between September 2002 and June 2004. A label affixed to the inside of the headboard or footboard lists the manufacturing dates. These cribs were sold at Buy Buy Baby and juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide from September 2002 through December 2005 for between $240 and $370.

According to the CPSC, there have 18 reports of slats detaching from the rails of the Diane drop side crib, putting children at risk of a fall or becoming entrapped. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Diane crib and contact Caramia Furniture to receive a free replacement drop side. The free replacement will be available beginning March 2010. For additional information, contact Caramia at (877) 728-0342 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.caramiafurniture.com.


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