A product recall involving about 300 Rosebud Drop-Side Cribs has been implemented, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Rosebud Drop-Side Cribs immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The recalled Rosebud Drop-Side Cribs, which were manufactured in Canada by Status Furniture, of Quebec, Canada (out of business) and distributed and sold by The Land of Nod, of Northbrook, Illinois.
The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib. Drop-side rail failures can also occur due to incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear.
To date, CPSC and The Land of Nod have received 13 reports involving drop-side hardware on this defective product that has malfunctioned or failed. No injuries have been reported.
This recall includes “Rosebud” cribs manufactured by Status Furniture. The defective Rosebud Drop-Side Cribs are white or antique white and have plastic drop-side hardware. “Status Furniture” appears on the crib labeling on the lower portion of the headboard. Model number “910” appears on the assembly instructions.
The recalled Rosebud Drop-Side Cribs were sold at The Land of Nod retail stores and online from January 2003 through September 2004 for about $600.
The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these defective products immediately and to contact The Land of Nod to receive instructions on how to receive a merchandise credit for the full purchase price of the crib ($599). The Land of Nod is undertaking this recall for its customers because Status Furniture is out of business.
In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard, or toddler bed, depending on the child’s age. The Land of Nod can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 933-9904 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) Monday through Friday; by email at email@example.com; or at the firm’s website.
The CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts and advises consumers to tighten hardware from time-to-time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. The CPSC says to always check all sides and corners of the crib for parts separating. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib; babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.
Drop-side crib recalls are quite common. Last year, the CPSC voted unanimously voted to adopt tough new crib safety standards would stop the sale, resale, manufacture, and distribution of drop-side cribs and would also prohibit drop-side cribs at motels, hotels and childcare facilities. The new crib safety standards go into effect in June, though hotels and child-care centers will have two years to replace their cribs.
According to the CPSC, drop-side cribs have been implicated in the deaths of at least 32 infants since 2001. They are a suspect in another 14 deaths.