This week, news has spread about the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall of over 2 million cribs manufactured by Canada-based Stork Craft Manufacturing because of a product defect. According to a report by Yahoo News, this is the largest recall of cribs in U.S. history.
Approximately 1.2 million of the cribs being recalled are in the U.S. and about 1 million cribs in Canada. So far, four infants have suffocated as a result of the defective cribs. South Florida parents should be concerned, as the cribs have been sold in major retail stores such as Sears and Walmart, and have been sold online through Costco and Target. The cribs affected by the product defects have been made and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009.
The defect occurs with the assembly of the product and the hardware itself, which can break or deform. Because parents often disassemble cribs and later reuse them for their other children, problems with hardware affects the reassembly and causes drop-sides to detach. The resulting space between the drop-side and the mattress can suffocate a child.
This recall, however, is just the tip of the iceberg for crib manufacturing. Over 5 million drop-side cribs have been recalled over the past two years, according to the Yahoo News report. CBS News also noted the problems with drop-side cribs, and that even the crib industry says that despite the convenience of the up-and-down side of the crib, the design of drop-side cribs do not meet safety standards.
Companies, states and groups are all taking action. Legislation in Suffolk County, N.Y. was passed banning cribs with sides that move up and down. Toys’R Us is no longer selling drop-side cribs, according to the CBS News report. AMS International, a group which sets voluntary industry safety standards for products, approved a standard requiring four non-movable sides for cribs.
We are thankful that the government, companies and groups are being proactive in solving this problem. However, consumers who have purchased these cribs must also take action. We urge anyone who believes that they have purchased one of these cribs to log on to Stock Craft’s website or contact Stock Craft at 877-274-0277 for more information and for a safety repair kit.