More <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">drop-side cribs are being recalled. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 22,000 Full-Size and Portable Drop-Side Cribs that were manufactured in China and imported by Dream On Me, Inc. of Piscataway, New Jersey have been recalled. The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using these cribs and contact the company.
â€¢ The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the 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 can also fall out of the crib
â€¢ Models 613, 615, 616, 617, 619, 628, and 639 are included in this recall. The model number and “Dream on Me Inc.” are printed on a label located on the inside of one of the end panels. The label lists a manufacture date between January 2006 and December 2009.
â€¢ Consumers will be given a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. Kits will be available beginning June 30, 2011.
â€¢ The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib or fall unexpectedly. In addition, the portable crib mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can break easily, and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the cribs. The cribs are smaller than full-size cribs and the ends fold in to facilitate portability.
â€¢ Model numbers 621, 625 and 627 are included in this recall. The model number and “Dream on Me Inc.” are printed on a label located on the mattress board. The label lists a manufacture date between August 2007 and February 2009.
â€¢ Consumers can receive a free replacement portable crib with fixed sides. Replacement cribs will be available in mid-July 2011.
The CPSC and Dream On Me are aware of 69 reports of incidents involving these defective cribs. A 1-year-old boy sustained a scratch to the nose when he became trapped between the mattress support and side rail of his portable crib. An 8-month-old girl sustained a minor injury on her head from exposed plastic hardware inside the portable crib.
The cribs, which are drop-side wooden cribs, painted or stained in black, cherry, dark brown, natural, white, and pink, were sold at Toys R Us, Walmart and Target stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. The full-size cribs were sold from January 2006 to December 2009 for about $200. The portable cribs were sold from September 2007 to December 2009 for about $150.
Dream On Me can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.201.4317 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:40 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday or at its website at www.dreamonme.com.
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 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 in which repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that consumers do not use a crib that is older than 10 years old. New, mandatory federal crib rules take effect on June 28, 2011. All cribs manufactured and sold after that date must meet new and improved safety requirements. Older cribs do not meet the new standard and can have a variety of safety problems. Check if your crib has been recalled at www.cpsc.gov.