Today, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados recalled 635,000 Dorel Asia cribs. The drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling. 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 and Dorel Asia SRL received a report of the death of 6-month old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop side hardware broke. The crib continued to be used after the parents tried to repair the drop side themselves. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 31 drop side incidents. In six of those incidents, children were entrapped between the drop side and crib mattress. Three children suffered from bruises as a result of the entrapment. In addition, CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 36 incidents of slat breakage, including seven reports of bruises and scratches to children and two reports of entrapment that resulted in no injury.
The following Dorel Asia cribs are involved in the recall:
|Model Number||Front Rail||Description|
|WM1633||Drop side||3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry|
|WM1633-0||Drop side||3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (no castors)|
|WM1676BC||Fixed||4-1 Bethany James Crib – Walnut|
|WM1676BCR-DC||Fixed||2-1 Crib – Walnut|
|WM2163||Fixed||4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut|
|WM2163DC||Fixed||4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut|
|WM1633-0-DC||Fixed||3-1 Sleigh Crib (no castors)|
|GP004B3EGR||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – Espresso|
|GP004B3WGR||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – White|
|GP006BCEGR||Drop side||Single – Espresso|
|GP006BCWGR||Drop side||Single – White|
|DA1615B3||Drop side||3-1 Convertible Crib – Natural|
|DAKM5132||Drop side||3-1 Convertible Crib – White|
|DASE5005||Drop side||Cottage Hill Single Crib – White|
|DASE5009||Drop side||Vintage Estate 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry|
|DA0504KMC-1N||Drop side||3-1 Heritage Crib – Natural|
|DA0504KMC-1W||Drop side||3-1 Heritage Crib – White|
|DA1614B3||Drop side||3-1 Lexington Crib – Cherry|
|DAKM5152||Drop side||Single Jenny Lind Crib – Walnut|
|DASE5015||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – Toffee|
The cribs were K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700. The Product was made in China and Vietnam
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs 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 Dorel Asia toll-free at (866) 762-2304 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.dorel-asia.com.
CPSC reminds 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. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with duct tape, wire or rope.
If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.
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