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Jetmax Issues Recall of Children's Storage Racks Sold At Wal-Mart Following Death

Nov 19, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP

Children’s storage racks sold by Wal-Mart stores are being recalled due to the death of a child.  Jetmax International sold the dangerous products under the brand “Home Trend Kids 9 Canvas Bin Boys and Girls Organizers.”  The Jetmax bins sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from August 2004 through July 2005 and at Ollie's stores nationwide from July 2006 through last June for about $40.

The death of an 8-month old baby boy prompted the recall of 36,000 boys and girls storage racks made in China for Texas-based company Jetmax International, Limited.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the baby died when he pulled on a rack and the rack fell on him with the top rail landing on his neck.  The baby was asphyxiated and died.  Because the wooden storage rack can tip, children are at risk for injury, entrapment, suffocation, and death.  

A few weeks before last Christmas, the mother of eight-month old Joshua said she left her baby and two older sons in the family’s playroom for just a moment to move a vacuum cleaner upstairs.  Despite efforts by police and rescue crews, Joshua died from asphyxiation.

The CPSC has described the racks as a hazard to young children and has advised consumers to immediately stop children from using the recalled storage racks and contact Jetmax to receive a free repair kit that is intended to stability to the rack’s base.  The wooden storage rack is intended to hold clothes or toys, and comes with three levels and nine removable canvas totes.  There are wooden handles on each side of the rack and the boys storage rack has natural color wood with red, yellow, green, and navy canvas totes; the girls is white with pink, yellow, lime, and purple canvas totes.

This recall is reminiscent of the massive recall of cribs made in China for Simplicity Inc. Following an Chicago Tribune investigation, the CPSC announced the recall of cribs sold under both the Simplicity and Graco names, resulting in the largest recall of full-size cribs since the agency was created in the 1970s.  Due to poor design, faulty hardware, or the cribs’ drop-side being installed upside down, the drop rail on some of those nation's best-selling models could detach from the crib, creating a dangerous gap that led to the deaths of at least three children:  A six-month old, a nine-month old, and a one-year old.  There were also seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents involved with these cribs.  The CPSC’s initial investigation in 2005 failed to identify the model and manufacturer of one of the faulty cribs.  More than two years after the child died and following Chicago Tribune inquiries, the CPSC sent an investigator to finally retrieve the crib and examine its flaws.  Three days later, the agency announced the mammoth recall, the largest U. S, recall ever of full-size cribs.  Simplicity cribs were sold in department stores, children's stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 1998 through May 2007.


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