Nearly 500,000 More Drop-Side Cribs Recalled by CPSC

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of all Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop side cribs. Because Generation 2 went out of business in 2005, the cribs are not new products, but many parents may have second-hand purchases through yard sales and thrift stores or hand-me-downs from older children.

The CPSC has limited information about the cribs. The agency does not know the total number of units distributed or the years of production, but it is believed that there were more than 500,000 of these cribs sold to consumers. They were sold at numerous furniture and retail stores including Buy Buy Baby, Kmart, and WalMart stores nationwide for between $60 and $160.

All model numbers of Generation 2 and ChildESIGNS drop side cribs are involved in the recall. Some of the known model numbers are 10-110X, 10-210X, 21-110X, 20-710X, 64-315X, 26-110X, 90-257X, 20-810X, 46-715X, 64-311X, 74-315X, 21-815X, 21-810X, 20815X, 308154 and 54915. (The "X" denotes where an additional and varying number may appear at the end of the model number.) The name “Generation 2 Worldwide” appears on a label affixed to the crib’s headboard or footboard. “ChildESIGNS” appears on the teething rail of some of the cribs.

The cribs place infants and toddlers at risk for serious injury or death due to strangulation and suffocation. The crib’s hardware can break which can cause the drop side of the crib to detach from a corner of the crib. In addition, the mattress supports can break away from the crib frames, creating a gap. Both of these defects creates a space into which the child can roll and become trapped between the crib frame and the crib mattress.

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At least three infants are known by the CPSC to have died related to suffocation from entrapment in these drop-side cribs. The agency has also received multiple reports of injury from entrapment or falling out of the crib.

Drop-side cribs are one of the most popular designs, because of the convenience of having one side that can be lowered to allow parents easier access to their baby. However, due to durability or hardware problems, more than 20 different crib recalls have been issued since 2007, affecting more than 5 million cribs.

Since the recent recalls of 2.1 million Stork Craft cribs in November and over 600,000 Dorel Asia cribs in January, the ASTM International has passed a change to its voluntary product standards to disallow drop side and all other movable side rails on cribs. Many crib manufacturers use these standards when designing new products. In April 2009, for example, Toys R Us announced that its stores would no longer order drop-side cribs because of the safety issues they present.

CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs. Consumers can contact the store from which they purchased the crib for remedy information, which will vary between a refund, replacement crib or store credit, depending upon the retailer.

The agency is also encouraging consumers to submit an incident or injury report that is either directly related to this product recall or involves a different hazard with the same product. An incident form can be filled out on the CPSC website.

The 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. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.

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