Suffocations prompt recall of 2.1m cribs
WASHINGTON - More than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing are being recalled, the biggest crib recall in US history, following reports of four infant suffocations.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said yesterday the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based.
Nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.
The CPSC said it is aware of four infants who suffocated in the drop-side cribs, which have a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily.
The Stork Craft cribs have had problems with their hardware, which can break, deform, or become missing after years. CPSC said there can also be problems with assembly mistakes. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a dangerous space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can become trapped.
The commission is urging parents to stop using the cribs until receiving a free repair kit from Stork Craft.
The cribs, manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009, were sold at major retailers including BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sears, and Wal-Mart stores and online through Target and Costco.
Consumers can call the company, 877-274-0277, to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.