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635,000 Dorel Asia Cribs Recalled; Pose Suffocation and Strangulation Hazard


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is announcing a voluntary recall to replace 635,000 drop side and non-drop side cribs that pose suffocation and strangulation hazards to infants and toddlers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs until replacement kits are obtained and installed. Here’s a full list of cribs involved in the recall.

The drop-side hardware on the cribs can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. CPSC and Dorel Asia SRL received a report of the death of a 6-month-old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop-side hardware broke. The crib continued to be used after the parents tried to repair the drop side themselves. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 31 total drop-side incidents, including the death of the 6 month old and 5 other children who were entrapped. Three children suffered from bruises as a result of the entrapment.

In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 36 incidents of slat breakage, including seven reports of bruises and scratches to children and two reports of entrapment that resulted in no injury.

The cribs were sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700. To see whether your crib is on the recall list, look for the model number on a bottom rail of the crib. Photos of the cribs along with their model numbers are posted above.

Parents and caregivers, you should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative safe sleeping environment for your child. Contact Dorel Asia for a free replacement kit through its Web site at www.dorel-asia.com or by calling the company at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

In addition, CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with duct tape, wire or rope.

Visit CPSC’s Crib Information Center for more information on Crib Safety and Recalls.

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