Baby Furniture Outlet Baby Cribs and Playpens Present Hazard to Infants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
February 11, 1987  
Release # 87-008
 

Baby Furniture Outlet Baby Cribs and Playpens Present Hazard to Infants

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Small Wonders full-size baby cribs imported from 1981 to 1986 by Baby Furniture Outlet Inc., Marathon, Florida are banned. The cribs, distributed nationwide, failed to meet one or more CPSC safety requirements with respect to dimensions, spacing of crib components, hardware, construction, and assembly instructions or labeling. Not all cribs present the same hazard but hazards, which may be present, include strangulation, head entrapment, pinching, laceration and falling.

CPSC is aware of 19 incidents with the cribs, several involving bruises and 2 incidents involving the playpens. In addition, two playpens, "Small Wonders Play Yards Models 286 and 391," also sold nationwide during this same period, may have floors that collapse, or sharp staples that come loose or protrude. The playpen may trap children's arms or legs if the floor collapses and staples may cause laceration or choking hazards.

Because of the hazard presented by these cribs and playpens, the Commission urges consumers to immediately discontinue their use.

In those cases where the consumer chooses to dispose of the hazardous models of cribs and playpens, they should be disposed of in a manner which assures that they cannot be used in the future. Since Baby Furniture Outlet is currently involved in bankruptcy proceedings and liquidation, the company maintains that it is unable to bear the costs of recalling any cribs or playpens.

Any consumers who have purchased a Small Wonders crib or playpen from a Baby Furniture Outlet retail store may call CPSC toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC for advice as to what hazard may be present for a particular crib or playpen model and what corrections, if any, can be made. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.

There are at least 10 wooden models of full-size cribs, 5 models of non-full-size cribs and 3 models of metal cribs involved. The full-size metal cribs are Small Wonders "Precious Metals" model numbers 504 and 704. The non-full-size metal crib is Small Wonders "Precious Metals" model number 904. The Small Wonders full-size wood crib styles include - "Colonial" model numbers 2001, 370-O and 3707, "Jenny Lind" model numbers 2002, 2004, 3302 and 4302, "Wicker" model number 2207, "Bentwood" model number 2003 and "Gay Nineties" model number 2005. The Small Wonders non-full-size crib styles include "Jenny Lind" model number 281, "Colonial" model number 282, 'Bentwood" model 283, and model number 284 - and 285 (no style designations). Wooden cribs may be either white or natural finish.