Articles Posted in Defective Cribs

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) re-announced a previous recall from 2008 regarding close to a million drop-side cribs manufactured by Delta Enterprise that have “Crib Trigger Lock and Safety Peg” hardware. The re-announcement was issued after a 7-month-old infant’s death in 2009 was reported to the CPSC when the infant became entrapped and suffocated between the crib’s mattress and the detached drop-side. The crib had been purchased used and was lacking safety pegs in the bottom tracks of the crib.

When the recall was initially announced in 2008, the CPSC alerted consumers of an 8-month-old infant’s death who had gotten trapped and suffocated when the drop-side of the crib detached. The crib was missing safety pegs. There were also reports of two other entrapment incidents and nine detachments in cribs that were missing safety pegs.

When a drop-side crib is missing safety pegs, an environment is created in which the crib’s drop-side rail is able to disengage from the track, creating a dangerous space in which an infant is able to be trapped and could suffocate. Parents are warned by the CPSC not to purchase cribs used, as the cribs may not come with the parts necessary to ensure a child’s safety.

The government website cpsc.gov reported in an article that Jardine announced on April 30, 2009 a second recall expansion of cribs sold by Babies ‘R’ Us. The news was released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The U.S. CPSC, in support with Jardine, announced the voluntary recall of the cribs. They advise that consumers should stop using recalled products right away due to the crib design and safety concern unless otherwise directed.

The name of the product is Jardine Cribs, manufactured by Jardine Enterprises based in Taipei, Taiwan. There were about 96,000 of these particular units sold. More than 320,000 units were also recalled in June 2008 while another 56,450 were recalled in January 2009. The danger associated with these cribs is that the “wooden crib slats can break, creating a gap, which can pose and entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers.”

CPSC has received 31 reports of incidents providing the crib is an unsafe product where the slats broke, including two reports of children becoming entrapped in the gap created by the broken slat on the crib models listed. Seven models of Jardine wooden cribs have been recalled. The crib model number and date code can be found on the inside of the bottom rail on the headboard or footboard. The defective cribs were sold at KidsWorld, Geoffrey Stores, Toys “R” Us, and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide, and at babiesrus.com, from September 2005 through April 2009 for between $220 and $330. Consumers should contact Jardine for a full refund.

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