Graco Drop-Side Cribs Recalled for Strangulation, Entrapment Hazards

Another large recall of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">drop side cribs has been announced. This time, about 217,000 Graco®-branded Drop Side Cribs made by LaJobi Inc. of Cranbury, New Jersey, have been recalled, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.

CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side; both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.

This recall involves LaJobi-manufactured Graco® wood cribs. The full-size cribs were sold in cherry, espresso, natural, and white finishes. The production date, item number, purchase order number, and finish name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard. “LaJobi” and the crib model name are printed on a product sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. Affected models are listed below:

• Ashleigh Drop Side: 3280142, 3280154, 3280181

• Hampton Drop Side: 3080136

• Jason Convertible Drop Side: 3290235, 3290254, 3290281

• Kendal Drop Side: 3570170, 3570181

• Lauren Drop Side: 3250235, 3250242, 3250247, 3250254, 3250281, 3250282, 3150281, 3150282

• Rachel Convertible Drop Side: 3300236, 3300281

• Sarah Drop Side: 30000135, 30000136, 30000142, 30000147, 30000154, 30000181

• Shannon Drop Side: 3010136, 3010154, 3010181

• Tifton Drop Side: 309036, 3270136

The recalled Graco®-branded Drop Side Cribs, which were manufactured in China and Vietnam, were sold at children’s product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. LaJobi can be reached toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or at the firm’s Web site at www.LaJobi.com

Last month, Graco issued a massive recall of 1.2 million of its Harmony™ High Chairs due to fall hazard. At that time, Graco received 464 reports of screws loosening/falling out and/or plastic brackets cracking causing the high chair to tip over unexpectedly and resultin in 24 reports of injuries, including bumps and bruises to the head; a hairline fracture to the arm; and cuts, bumps, bruises, and scratches to the body. Last summer, Graco recalled about 2,400 Jump ‘n Jive Doorway Jumpers due to choking hazard.

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