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 cribs involved in the re-announcement were manufactured in Indonesia and Taiwan and sold at large retailers in the U.S. from January of 1995 to December of 2005 for about $100 (through September of 2007 for model 4624). To view a full list of the crib models involved in the re-announcement, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11179.html.
The CPSC advises parents to stop using the recalled cribs immediately if the crib is missing a safety peg on either of the crib’s legs. To receive a free repair kit, consumers can contact Delta at 800-816-5304 or visit http://www.cribrecallcenter.com. While waiting for a repair kit or for safety pegs to be installed on the crib, an alternative sleeping arrangement for a child should be found.
A child should never suffer an injury or death due to a defective crib or other child’s product. If your child has been harmed as a result of a crib manufacturer’s negligence, contact the Pennsylvania defective crib lawyers at Anapol Weiss. We can help your family receive the compensation you need. Call 866-735-2792 to learn how we can help.