It seems there is no slow-down to the number of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">crib recalls that continue to make headlines. Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a large recall of about 170,000 C&T International/Sorelle Drop-Side Cribs have been recalled due to strangulation and suffocation hazards.
The recalled cribs were manufactured in Italy, Latvia, Brazil, China, and Vietnam and distributed by C&T International/Sorelle, of East Rutherford, New Jersey. Prior to 2003, the company also distributed under the name Golden Baby Inc.
The cribsâ€™ drop-side hardware can disengage from the tracks, causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side partially detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. Complete detachment of the drop sides can lead to falls from the crib. In addition, slats can detach from the sides of the cribs. Infants and toddlers can then become entrapped, strangle, or fall out of the crib.
CPSC and C&T/Sorelle have received reports of 104 incidents of drop-side and slat detachments in C&T/Sorelle drop-side cribs. Six infants received bruises and abrasions to the head, face, torso, or leg from becoming entrapped or falling after the drop side collapsed. An additional five infants who were entrapped or fell were found by their parents and were not injured.
This recall involves C&T International, Sorelle, and Golden Baby wood cribs and were sold at childrenâ€™s product stores and other retailers nationwide from January 2000 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600. The full-size cribs were sold in natural, white, and cherry finishes. The model number and/or model name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard under the Caution statement.
The CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact C&T/Sorelle to receive a free replacement kit. For four of the older models of the cribsâ€”the Hampton, Jackie, Nina, and Rita modelsâ€”the firm may be unable to supply a part to repair the crib and will, instead, provide consumers with a $100 voucher towards the purchase of another C&T product.
CPSC also 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. Disengagements 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.
C&T/Sorelle can be reached toll-free at (877) 791-9398 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firmâ€™s Web site at www.candtinternational.net