Repair kits available for recalled drop-side cribs

November 25, 2009 

At issue are about 2.1 million drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft Manufacturing of Canada. Four infants suffocated in the cribs.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada. Sales of the cribs being recalled date back to 1993, and nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.

Drop-side cribs have one side that moves up and down to allow parents, especially shorter adults, to lift children from the cribs more easily. There have been 110 incidents of the drop-side detaching from the Stork Craft cribs, according to the agency.

In the case of Stork Craft and other drop-side cribs, the hardware used to put the crib together can break, deform or become missing after years. There also can be problems with assembly mistakes by the crib owner.

Parents often take the crib apart after one child has grown out of it and then reassemble the crib later for another baby, and that can lead to parts that aren't assembled properly. The hardware and misassembly problems can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a dangerous V-like space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can become trapped and suffocate.

The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009. They were sold at major retailers including Sears and Walmart stores and online through Target and Costco. They sold for between $100 and $400, and were made in Canada, China and Indonesia.

This is the second big recall this year for the company. It recalled about 500,000 cribs in January because of problems with the metal brackets that support the mattress. Some of the same models in the earlier recall were also part of the new recall, CPSC said.

Consumers can contact Stork Craft, (877) 274-0277, to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.

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