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More Deadly Cribs Recalled

Apr 1, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

February's recall of Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop side cribs that were blamed for the deaths of three infants has been expanded  The recall, which was at first limited to full size drop side cribs, now includes all portable drop side cribs.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents to immediately stop using these recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. The agency also said that consumers should NOT attempt to repair these dangerous drop side cribs.

Because Generation 2 went out of business in 2005, the CPSC has limited information about the cribs. It is believed that there were more than 500,000 of these cribs sold to consumers. Some of the known model numbers are: 10-110X, 10-210X, 21-110X, 20-710X, 64-315X, 26-110X, 90-257X, 20-810X, 46-715X, 64-311X, 74-315X, 21-815X, 21-810X, 20815X, 308154 and 54915. (The “X” denotes where an additional and varying number may appear at the end of the model number.) However, all Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop side cribs – both full size and portable – are included in this recall, including those with other model numbers.

The name “Generation 2 Worldwide” appears on a label affixed to the crib’s headboard or footboard. Some labels identify the place of manufacture as Dothan, Ala. Others identify China as the country of manufacture. The name “ChildESIGNS” appears on the teething rail of some of the cribs.

The recalled cribs were sold at numerous local furniture and retail stores including Buy Buy Baby, and Kmart and Walmart stores nationwide for between $60 and $160. Consumers should contact the store from which they purchased the crib for remedy information, which will vary between a refund, replacement crib or store credit, depending on the retailer.

Consumers are urged to contact the CPSC and report any difficulties in obtaining a remedy from their place of purchase.

Since 2002, these cribs have been implicated in the deaths of three children. In addition to the three deaths, the CPSC has also received reports of 20 other drop side incidents, 12 of which involved the drop side detaching in a corner of the crib. In two of these incidents, a child became entrapped. One child suffered bruising from the entrapment. There are five reports of children falling out of the cribs due to drop side detachment. One child suffered a broken arm as a result of the fall.

In addition, the CPSC has received 8 reports of mattress support detachment in these cribs. Due to the space created by the detachment, three children became entrapped between the crib frame and the sagging mattress and four children crawled out of the crib. There was one report of cuts and bruises.

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