SunKids Convertible Cribs Recalled Due to Suffocation Risk

An urgent recall has been issued for potentially <"">defective SunKids convertible cribs manufactured by Suntech Enterprises. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), a crib made by Suntech that was identical to the SunKids convertible crib killed a 5-month-old child last August. That model of crib was already subject to a recall, the CPSC said.

This new recall involves the SunKids convertible crib/playpen/bassinet/bed with model number PY256. “SunKids” is embroidered on the bottom left of the crib’s drop side. The convertible cribs have a drop side rail, stationary side rail, canopy assembly, and bassinet. The sides of the convertible crib are fabric and mesh. The mattress support, bassinet, canopy, and bed skirt are covered in fabric. The fabric and the mesh were sold in navy blue, light blue, pink, beige, white, beige checker, and pink heart.

The sides of the recalled SunKids cribs are made of mesh that expands, creating a gap between the side and the crib’s mattress if it’s not zipped into place, or a gap between the side and an added mattress. A young child can slip into this gap and become entrapped or suffocate. Also, the crib’s drop side can fail to fully latch posing a fall hazard to young children.

The recalled cribs were sold in mall juvenile product retailers in New York, New Jersey, and California from January 2007 through October 2008 for about $100. Consumers with this crib should immediately stop using them. The cribs may be returned to the store where purchased for a full refund. Anyone with questions should call Suntech Enterprises toll-free at (888) 268-8139 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Unfortunately, crib recalls are not rare. According to the CPSC, more than 3 million dangerously defective cribs have been recalled in just the past two years. Unfortunately, many of the those faulty cribs weren’t recalled until they had killed children.

To protect children from dangerous cribs, the CPSC recommends that

* Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.
* Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened 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 on its track.
* Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
* Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware or with tape, wire or rope.
* Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make it worse.

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