The metal support brackets that support the crib mattress and the mattress board can crack and break, causing the mattress to collapse and creating a gap that can trap babies and cause them to suffocate. Ten incidents have been reported so far, with one injury and no deaths, the CPSC reports.
The recall includes all cribs manufactured and distributed between May 2000 and November 2008. The cribs, which cost between $100 and $400 and came in several different styles and finishes, were sold nationwide at J.C. Penney, Kmart, and Walmart stores and at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Sears.com and Walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009.
Parents are advised to stop using the recalled cribs imediately and to contact Stork Craft (866-361-3321; www.storkcraft.com) to order free replacement mattress support brackets.
Updated on 1/15/09 to add: Apparently, people are having a hard time getting through on the phone. The Stock Craft website has a page devoted to the recall; on it, it says: To order the replacement brackets please send an e-mail to email@example.com and indicate your name, surname, shipping address, crib purchase date, country of manufacture and model number. Hope this helps! -- LMA
Lylah M. Alphonse is a Globe staff member and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day and blogs at Write. Edit. Repeat. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.