Dorel Asia Cribs Recalled, Strangulation Risk

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Parents who have a Dorel Asia drop side or non-drop side crib should stop using the cribs immediately until they receive and install a replacement kit. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL of Barbados, has announced a voluntary recall of the cribs because of a risk of strangulation.

Approximately 635,000 Dorel Asia cribs are being recalled following a report that a six-month-old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died after becoming trapped and strangled in the crib after the drop side hardware broke. An additional 31 incidents involving the drop side crib have been received by Dorel Asia and CPSC. In six cases, children became trapped between the drop side and the crib mattress, and three children experienced bruises as a result of the incident.

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Another problem with the Dorel Asia cribs is broken slats. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 36 episodes of slat breakage, including seven reports concerning scratches and bruises to children and two reports in which children became trapped but suffered no injuries.

The cribs were sold at K-Mart, Sears, and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700. The recall involves 20 different models, including the Sleigh Crib, Convertible Crib, Cottage Hill Single Crib, Vintage, Estate Crib, among others. A complete list can be seen on the recall website.

Consumers are urged to stop using the crib and find a safe alternative sleeping arrangement for their children. To receive a free replacement repair kit, which includes slatted crib rails and a drop side immobilizer (if applicable), consumers can visit the Dorel Asia recall website. For more information about the crib recall, consumers can also contact Dorel Asia directly at 866-762-2304 between 8AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday.

SOURCES:
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Dorel Asia website

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