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Pottery Barn Recalls Drop-Side Cribs, U.S. Plans Ban

Pottery Barn Kids voluntarily recalled 82,000 drop-side cribs today. This coincides with the proposed ban on drop-side cribs by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. The recall by the Williams-Sonoma Inc unit affects cribs sold from January 1999 through March 2010, priced at $300 to $600.

This is the 12th U.S. recall of drop-side cribs in the past five years, involving more than 7 million units, the CPSC said.

The CPSC’s proposal would ban the sale of all drop-side cribs from the United States, and require their removal from hotels, motels and day care centers. The ban would also require stronger mattress supports in cribs.

Congress Looking to Ban Drop-Side Cribs

drop-side 32 infants and toddlers have suffocated or been strangled in their drop-side crib since 2000. Drop-sides, around for decades and probably slept in by many of today’s parents, are suspected in an additional 14 infant fatalities during that time.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates cribs, has warned about the problem. Its chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, has pledged to ban the manufacture and sale of cribs by the end of the year with a new performance standard that would make fixed-side cribs mandatory. It could be several months into 2011 before becoming effective.

The industry has already started phasing out drop-sides and big retailers such as Babies R Us and Wal-Mart have taken them off sale floors. Yet there are still plenty for sale on the Internet, and that’s part of the reason Congress is getting involved.

“There’s a great urgency here. We have to make sure that no parent is unaware that drop-side cribs could kill their children,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in an Associated Press interview.

She plans to introduce legislation this week to outlaw the manufacture, sale and resale of all drop-side cribs and ban them from day-care centers and hotels. Gillibrand wants to accelerate efforts for a ban, from Congress or the CPSC, and highlight concerns about the cribs to parents who are using them.

“There still are thousands and thousands of children who are sleeping every night in drop-side cribs and we need to protect them,” said Gillibrand.

She outlined her bill at a news conference in New York on Sunday, accompanied by parents of victims.

More than 7 million of these cribs have been recalled in the past five years, often because screws, safety pegs or plastic tracking for the rail can come loose or break. The industry insists that babies are safe in drop-sides that haven’t been recalled.

“We believe firmly that when these products are assembled and used properly, they are the safest place to put your child,” said Mike Dwyer, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, which represents over 90 percent of the crib industry.

But when the hardware malfunctions, the drop-side rail can detach partially from the crib. That creates a dangerous “V”-like gap between the mattress and side rail where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

Dwyer says manufacturers have seen cases where parents installed the drop-side improperly, sometimes upside down, or they have reassembled a crib for a second or third child with some of the screws or other hardware missing.

In addition to the CPSC’s pledge to vote on a ban by year’s end, two New York counties — Nassau and Suffolk, on Long Island — have banned the sale of drop-sides.

Late last year, crib manufacturers were already moving in that direction when they voted to eliminate the drop-side design and instead opt for four fixed sides, but the standard is a voluntary one.

Despite the industry’s move to end production, there are plenty of new and used drop-side cribs for sale online. The Associated Press found drop-sides for purchase on websites for Sears, Kmart and Amazon.com. Craigslist also had scores of used drop-side cribs for sale.

The industry doesn’t have figures on how many drop-sides might still be on the market, but Dwyer says it’s a small percentage.

Simplicity Recalling 400,000 Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall on Thursday of Simplicity Drop Side Cribs.

Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 of their cribs because the flexible plastic hardware could break or deform and cause the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the side and the crib mattress that infants or toddlers could roll into and become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation.

CPSC is aware of one death involving an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. There were no reported injuries in these incidents.

This recall involves all drop side cribs with a different or “newer” style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. This style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. The cribs were sold from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300 and model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Also, consumers should immediately return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit.

2 Crib Recalls Already This Year!

On January 13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of over 500,000 Stork Craft Baby Cribs. The cribs were sold at major retailers, including J.C. Penney, Kmart, and Walmart stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, and Walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009 for between $100 and $400.

 

The metal brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break creating a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails. A child could become entrapped in the gap and suffocate.

 

Consumers should stop using the recalled cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft for a free replacement kit. For more information, read the CPSC recall notice.

 

The recall is in addition to a Jan. 6 recall of over 56,000 Jardine brand cribs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled approximately 320,000 Jardine cribs last year and just last week announced the recall of an additional 56,000 Jardine brand cribs.

 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission the wooden slats on the cribs can break, creating a gap that poses entrapment and strangulation hazards. The recall includes Dark Pine Olympia Lifetime Cribs, Antique Walnut Capri Single Cribs and White Capri Lifetime Cribs sold at KidsWorld, Geoffrey Stores, Toys “R” Us, and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide and at babiesrus.com from March 2004 through January 2009 for between $220 and $330.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Jardine to receive a full credit toward the purchase of a new crib. Only cribs with specific model numbers and date codes are subject to the recall. For model numbers and date codes and for information on how to obtain your credit, read the January 6 Jardine Crib Recall notice.