Largest Crib Recall in History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2009
Release # 10-046
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 274-0277
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs, wait for the free repair kit, and do not attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side.

The cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.

CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.

This recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. This recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side. This recall does not involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware.

This recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009. This recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the “Fisher-Price” logo, this logo can be found on the crib’s teething rail, in the manufacturer’s instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.

Major retailers in the United States and Canada sold the recalled cribs including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia.

For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com

Important Message from CPSC:

CPSC would like to remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure 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. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.

Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=888

For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC’s Crib Information Center

Keeping Kids Safe at a Wedding

My dear friends Xochitl Gonzalez and Mayra Castillo, are the founders of Always a Bridesmaid, the greatest wedding planning company in the North East, actually make that the country. They have appeared in just about every wedding publication out there, Lots of TV shows such as, The Style Network’s Whose Wedding is it Anyway, and were recently in the New York Times.

The dynamic duo also have an incredible blog, appropriately named Always a Blogsmaid. They recently received a question about keeping children safe at a wedding and turned to Baby Bodyguards for some guidance.

Here is the post from Always a Blogsmaid:

The Q: My family has a lot of people with relatively young children- under 8 years old for the most part.  My father is a horrible nervous nelly and is in a panic about the kids running around and someone getting hurt or falling or whatever. Any ideas for things that we can do to calm him down?

The A: While it’s fun to have children at weddings because they are so very cute, it’s actually a good thing to remember that even though it’s your wedding day, they still need the same levels of attention and have the same desire to play and run around as on any other given day. So, to that point, your dad is right in that it’s good to plan ahead!

I actually thought I’d contact someone who knows a little bit more about kids than I do (seeing as how I have none) and until I got this email, my greatest worry was that they would be bored or that little guests would stick their fingers in the cake. So, I contacted my dear friends Fred and Courtney, the owners of New York based Baby Body Guards, a child proofing/ safety consulting company.

Courtney informed me of something surprising- “Statistically, more young children suffer accidental injury when there are a lot of adults around. This is because everyone assumes that someone else is keeping a watchful eye on the children, when in reality everyone is distracted and no one is. We recommend that adults take turns watching the children, or bring along a babysitter to be in charge of the children if it is okay with the hosts.”

Actually, this is something that we have done at some of our clients weddings- our instincts were to keep the children occupied, but I never really had thought about this safety aspect before… which makes a lot of sense since the adults are mixing and mingling with one another and not necessarily 100% focused.  One service that I suggest is the The Wedding Sitters .  They will come and stage even a little tea party for the little guests and keep them under a watchful eye.

Courtney also recommended to keep kid friendly food close to the kids table to stop them from wandering around and snacking off of adult plates.  “Another thing to keep in mind is food allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends holding off on highly allergic foods such as peanuts until a child is 3. If there are going to be a lot of children at a wedding, hosts may want to discuss the menu with caterers to avoid some ingredients.”   From our part, it’s a good thing to have a kids table that also has some snacks set on it for the kids to pick on during the reception.  Or better yet, a kids pack that has a kid-friendly snack as a part of it as well as some activity games.

If you know that you are going to have children, it’s probably a good call to have a kid friendly First Aid kit on hand in case of any cuts or bruises AND even better, a local pediatrician in case you need a doctor on call for your out of town guests who are far from home.  I know that here in New York there are a few doctors who still make “house” calls!

We Have a Winner

Congrats to Dionne Sinclair of NYC, the winner of the StrollAway. What will you with all your new found extra room, now that your stroller will be tucked away out of sight? I’m sure you will make good use of the space.

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Maclaren Recall

Stroller maker Maclaren announced a recall on Monday that affects about 1 million umbrella strollers that can reportedly amputate or lacerate children’s fingertips.

So far, the company said there have been 12 amputations across the country. This happens when children get their fingers stuck in between the stroller’s side hinges while it is being opened or closed.

The company announced the voluntary recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and advises customers to stop using the products sold since 1999 at stores including Babies R Us and Target.

Consumers can contact Maclaren at 877-688-2326 or visit www.maclaren.us/recall to receive a free repair kit.

Maclaren said the kit includes hinge covers designed to fit all Maclaren strollers.

The recall affects the following models : Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno, and Easy Traveller.

Brilliant Solution for Stroller Storage!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Mary Ann, the founder of MetroTOTS. She gave me information about her brilliant invention called the StrollAway. I told her that I had to have one.

The StrollAway is every NYC and apartment dwellers answer to stroller storage. The StrollAway is a sturdy steel hanger that goes over the door to store your wheels out of the way, which is very important, because by law storing things in hallways of multiple family dwellings is considered a fire hazard and we can all use more space for baby to run around.

The StrollAway fits most stroller models and won’t put you in the poor house at around $50, or you can WIN one here.

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More Parents Are Using Second-Hand Baby Items, How Safe is This?

It’s no surprise that in today’s down economy, more parents are looking to purchase second-hand items for baby, or take hand-me-downs from friends and relatives. The problem is that some second-hand items may be putting your baby at risk.

Recently Toys “R” Us, Inc launched a national program to spotlight potentially unsafe baby products still in the marketplace. It was called the “Great Trade-in Event” to encourage parents to trade in older baby items, in exchange for a discount on new items. The company realizes that due to safety concerns, certain used items such as car seats and cribs, are not good candidates to be passed down or resold.

According to the consumer advocacy group, Kids in Danger (KID), less than 30% of affected items are returned when a baby product is recalled. Recalls as well as other issues such as not knowing the history of a product such as a car seat, or not spotting damage to an item can cause serious injury and even death.

Baby Bodyguards urges parents  not to buy second-hand items such as car seats, cribs, play yards and bassinets because these items in particular have a history of safety problems.

If you are going to purchase an item second-hand, there are certain precautions that should be taken, such as looking at www.cpsc.gov, to make sure the product has not been recalled. Also, check a used baby product  by looking for damage and broken or missing parts. If you find anything wrong, do not purchase that specific item as it may not be safe. A broken or missing part will not be easy to fix and still provide the safety that baby needs