Crib Recall List 2009: Stork Craft Crib Recalls and Past Recalls
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a massive crib recall of 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, as well as 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo.
UPDATE: Inez Tenenbaum, chair of CPSC, urged owners of drop-side cribs to stop using them. Constant movement of the drop-side can wear out the hardware joints, and cause accidents. She said in a CBS interview, “We’re in the process of rule-making, and we will take a hard look at this, but I think in the future these drop-sides will be banned.”
This is the largest cribs recall in the US history. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to stop using the cribs immediately, and wait until they could be fixed with the free repair kit. For more information and repair kits, call Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime or visit Stork Craft website.
Owners of the recalled Stork Craft cribs should read the press release from US CPSC and Health Canada: Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs
The cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side 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 suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.
The recalled Stork Craft cribs were sold in both the United States and Canada, by retailers including BJ's Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, Wal-Mart, and online stores Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com.
So far 110 incidents were reported, 67 in the US, and 43 in Canada.
The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.
Parents and caretakers should also check if they are still using cribs that have been recalled.
A complete list of crib recalls is compiled from information found on CPSC website.
Crib Recall List of 2009:
- Simplicity Drop Side Cribs
- Model: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.
- Bonavita “Hudson” and Babi Italia “Pinehurst” Drop Side Cribs
- Bonavita “Cabana” Drop Side Cribs
- Jardine Cribs
- Model: 0102B00, 0102B00, 0102E00, 0302P00, 0302C00, 0312D00, 0308L00, 0108C00
- SunKids Convertible Cribs
- Stork Craft Baby Cribs
- Jardine Cribs
- Model: DA715BC, 0108L00, 0308C00
Parents should consult the complete list of crib recalls on CPSC.gov, which lists recall announcements since 2007. More than 5 million cribs, play yards, and bassinets have been recalled.
Below are some of the important rules from CPSC to prevent accidents:
- To prevent suffocation, never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby’s sleep environment. Also, make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
- Proper assembly of cribs is paramount - Follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance.
- Do not use old, broken or modified cribs - Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads remain entrapped.
- Properly set up play yards according to manufacturers’ directions. Only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard; do not add extra padding.
- Never place a crib near a window with blind or curtain cords; babies can strangle on curtain or blind cords.