This week over 2 million drop-side cribs are being recalled because the plastic hardware is inadequate to keep babies safe. Over 1 million cribs are being recalled in the United States and over 900,000 in Canada. There are 110 incidents that have been reported and the CPSC is encouraging parents and caregivers to keep informing them of injury and suffocation.
Cribs Involved in Recall
This major recall involves drop-side Stork Craft cribs and Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher Price label. The drop-sides are able to be operated with one hand or with a plastic trigger. The drop-sides of these cribs can be unsafe or even attached upside down and can come loose or apart all together while the baby is inside which may result in injury, entrapment, or suffocation.
The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The Stork Craft cribs sold under the Fisher Price label were manufactured between October 1997 and December 2004.
Parents and caregivers need to look for the manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm's name, address, and contact information on the instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. Parents will find "storkcraft baby" or "storkling" inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs.
The "Fisher-Price" logo can be seen on the crib's teething rail, on the instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.
The cribs were purchased for $100 to $400 from BJ's Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Walmart stores, Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 to October 2009.
What Parents Need To Do
Parents need to call Stork Craft 877.274.0277 immediately to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.
CPSC is also encouraging parents to consider buying new cribs without drop-sides all together if they can afford to. Babies and toddlers are not safe in the recalled cribs, so alternate cribs need to be used. Parents should not try to "fix" the crib themselves. This can also lead to injury.
Recall Crib Information for Parents to Consider
Parents need to be careful even if this recall does not affect the crib their child is sleeping in at home. All cribs with drop-sides need to be checked periodically to make sure that all hardware are tight and secure. This is true especially as babies are pulling up and standing against the crib side. Babies and toddlers can shake, wiggle, and jump around the crib which can loosen hardware over time.
Parents need to be sure that the daycare their children attend are not using unsafe cribs. Cribs are not recommended for use after the 10th anniversary of the manufacturing date. And recalled cribs need to be fixed using the repair kit. Moms and Dads may consider providing their own pack 'n play for their child to sleep in at daycare or at a babysitter's.
Toys can become a problem in recalled cribs. After a baby is one year-old, stuffed animals become the norm in a crib. Babies and toddlers bring baby dolls, blankets, and other toys into bed with them for security and comfort while sleeping. Parents need to make sure that the extras being brought into bed cannot cause a hazard. Crib mattresses that do not fit right can shift and toys can get shoved down along the drop-side encouraging more loosening and possible danger to the child.