The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers that “SafetyCraft” brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured or distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide of Dothan, Alabama, contain <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective drop-side crib hardware that appears to be identical to Generation 2 Worldwide ChildESIGNS brand drop-side cribs recalled in February 2010.
This hardware found on SafetyCraft drop-side cribs can fail and place infants and toddlers at risk of strangulation and suffocation. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these dangerous drop-side cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs.
Generation 2 Worldwide ceased operations in 2005. The “SafetyCraft” trademark was then purchased by Foundations Children’s Products of Medina, Ohio. SafetyCraft cribs manufactured and sold by Foundations Children’s Products are not the subject of this Safety Alert. Consumers can identify the Foundations SafetyCraft crib with “Foundations” printed on the mattress support assembly instructions label under the crib mattress.
Because Generation 2 Worldwide ceased operations, CPSC has limited information about these Recalled Cribs and where they were sold and has been unable to identify major retailers that sold these defective cribs. The name “SafetyCraft” appears on a label affixed to the crib’s headboard or footboard. Product labels may identify the place of manufacture as Indonesia or Dothan, Alabama. This warning involves all SafetyCraft drop-side cribs, including model 92-8112, manufactured and/or sold by Generation 2Worldwide. Some of the recalled drop-side cribs have a clear plastic headboard and footboard. These defective products are in use in child care facilities as well as homes.
The crib’s plastic drop-side hardware can break, which can cause the drop side of the Recalled Product to detach from a corner of the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped. When a child is entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress, it creates a risk of suffocation or strangulation. In addition, the crib’s mattress support can detach from the crib frame, creating a hazardous space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle.
CPSC received reports of three infant deaths from defective drop-side cribs and 20 drop-side related incidents involving previously recalled models of Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS cribs with plastic hardware similar to “SafetyCraft” cribs. Full death and injury information, provided by the CPSC, can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10134.html.
The CPSC also would like to remind 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. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire, or rope. The CPSCâ€™s Crib Information Center can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html.