The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued numerous recalls concerning the safety of the drop-slide feature of drop-side cribs. In some cases, the plastic hardware of the drop-side cribs is breaking, causing the corner of the crib to detach. If this occurs, infants may become stuck in the space between the side of the crib and the mattress and suffocate. CBS Evening News recently reported that these cribs are blamed for dozens of infant deaths over the past decade. Some safety advocates have urged regulators to create tougher standards for manufacturers of drop-side cribs. Others have called for a complete ban of the cribs.
Drop-Side Crib Recalls
November 23, 2009: A recall was issued of 2.1 million drop-side cribs distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. The recall was issued over concerns with the drop-side crib hardware that became detached in one or more corners. This created a space between the drop-side and crib mattress and small children became trapped in these spaces, leading to suffocation. If the drop-side completely detaches, children can fall from the crib. 110 incidents of drop-side detachments have been reported, resulting in four known infant deaths.
January 19, 2010: Another recall was issued for 635,000 cribs distributed by Dorel Asia SRL of Barbados. The recall also concerned the drop-side hardware failure resulting in the drop-side to detach from the crib, creating a space where the child can become trapped and suffocate. The cribs also pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when slats are damaged. There have been reports of 31 drop side incidents, and 36 reports of slat breakage, resulting in one known infant death.
February 9, 2010: A third recall was issued of 500,000 drop-side cribs distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide following the death of three infants. The recall was issued since plastic hardware on Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS cribs can break, and allow drop-side to detach. In addition, mattress supports can break away from crib frames. Both defects create gaps where a small child may become trapped and suffocate. Over 20 reports of incidents related to these defects have been reported.
November 2, 2011: Dutailier Group recalled nearly 450 of its drop-side cribs due to potential detachment hazards. The slats on the drop slide can detach from the bottom and top rails, creating a space for the child to fall into and suffocate and/or strangulate in. Children can also fall out of the crib.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If your child or a child of someone you know has suffered injuries as a result of a defect in a drop-side crib, contact the attorneys at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm immediately. With over forty years of experience, we work aggressively to obtain maximum compensation for your family's injuries and ensure that you have the best representation possible. We will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation and explain your legal rights.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall of Dorel Asia cribs
Visit this link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website to read the press release regarding the recall of Dorel Asia drop-side cribs.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall of Generation 2 Worldwide and "ChildESIGNS" Drop-Side Cribs
Visit this link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website to read the press release regarding the recall of Generation 2 Worldwide and "ChildESIGNS" drop-side cribs.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall of Stork Craft cribs
Visit this link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website to read the press release regarding the recall of Stork Craft drop-side cribs.