Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., of Bassett, Virginia, just issued a recall of about 90,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Bassettbaby Drop-Side Cribs with external plastic hardware, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The cribs’ drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. When a drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child also can fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to incorrect assembly and age-related wear and tear.
The firm and CPSC are aware of 18 reported incidents in which drop-sides malfunctioned or detached from the crib. No injuries were reported. In one of the incidents a child became entrapped between the mattress and the drop-side. In three of the incidents, children fell out of the cribs. The firm also has received 154 reports of drop-side hardware breaking during shipment, assembly, or use.
The recalled cribs are wood with a metal mattress support and have a drop side with external plastic hardware. The cribs were sold in a variety of finishes. A label is attached to the footboard or headboard with the names “Bassettbaby” or “Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.,” as well as the model number, production date, and other information. On some older models the manufacturer’s name appears on a separate label.
The following models and model numbers are involved in this recall. This recall does not include non drop-side cribs:
â€¢ Bel-Aire 3 N 1: 5919-0620.
â€¢ Cape Cod Single: 5093-0604, 5593-0604,5893-0604, 5993-0604.
â€¢ Cape Cod 4 N 1: 5093-0621, 5593-0621, 5893-0621, 5993-0621, 5693-0621.
â€¢ Chimney Corners Single: 5089-0504.
â€¢ Cottage Single: 5960-0604, 5960-0604Q, 5860-0604.
â€¢ Cottage 3 N 1: 5860-0620.
â€¢ English Manor Single: 5714-0504
â€¢ Hidden Hills Single: 5446-0504.
â€¢ Lake Wood Single: 5104-0514, 5401-0504.
â€¢ Mission Single: 5091-0604, 5591-0604, 5991-0604, 5891-0604, 5760-0604.
â€¢ Mission Bay Single: 5092-0604, 5592-0604, 5892-0604, 5992-0604.
â€¢ New Haven 3 N 1: 5935-0521, 5936-0521.
â€¢ Parson Ridge 4 N 1: 5026-0620.
â€¢ Parson Ridge Single: 5026-0504.
â€¢ Richmond Park 3 N 1: 5405-0620.
â€¢ Shenandoah Single: 5062-0504.
â€¢ Shenandoah 4 N 1: 5062-0620, 5862-0620.
â€¢ Terrace Park 3 N 1: 5100-0522.
â€¢ Timber Creek 4 N 1: 5665-0621, 5665-0621F, 5665-0621S, 5666-0621, 5666-0621S.
â€¢ Winsor 4 N 1: 5871-0621, 5871-0621W.
â€¢ Woodlands Single: 5765-0504.
The recalled Bassettbaby Drop-Side Cribs, which were manufactured in China, Croatia, Slovenia, Taiwan, and Vietnam were sold at children’s product stores, and other retailers nationwide and on-line from January 2000 through August 2010 for between about $200 and $500.
The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled drop-side cribs and contact Bassettbaby for a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard, or toddler bed depending on the child’s age. Bassettbaby can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 308-7485 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.bassettbaby.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 parts separating that can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have a variety of safety problems. Check if your crib has been recalled at www.cpsc.gov