FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 1997
Release # 97-154
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cosco of Columbus, Ind., is warning consumers to check more than 390,000 full-size metal baby cribs, manufactured since January 1995, that may have been mis-assembled with the mattress platform being used as a side rail. The crib side rail and mattress platform are the same size and have been used in place of one another. CPSC standards limit the space between side rail slats to no more than 2 3/8 inches. If the crib's mattress platform is used as a side rail, the distance between the slats would be about 5 inches. Spacing this large enables an infant to become entrapped in the side rails, which could result in serious injury or death.
Cosco has received more than 47 reports of cribs being mis-assembled with the mattress platform being used as a side rail, including 27 reports of babies becoming entrapped, resulting in one death.
The Cosco cribs are on wheels and are made of tubular metal in a variety of colors. The cribs have date codes of 0195 or higher printed on a sticker located on the bottom of the end panel. List of model numbers and colors:
|10T01 - Solid Red, White or Blue||10T85 - White|
|10T04 - Solid Red or White||10T94 - White|
|10T05 - Solid Red or White||10T95 - White and Brass|
|10T06 - Multiple Colors||10M06 - Multiple Colors|
|10T08 - White and Brass||10M84 - Multiple Colors|
|10T14 - White||10M85 - White|
|10T84 - Multiple Colors||10M94 -White|
Consumers should check their Cosco cribs immediately to determine if they have been mis-assembled with the mattress platform being used as a side rail. Consumers can make this determination easily by trying to pass a soda can through the slats on the side rails. If the soda can passes through any of the slats, the crib has been mis-assembled and consumers should stop using it immediately and call Cosco at 800-221-6736 for instructions on properly re-assembling the crib or to arrange for an in-home repair. To prevent death or injury, do not use a mis-assembled crib until it has been repaired. Cosco is offering all owners of mis-assembled cribs a free gift to encourage them to repair their cribs.
Cosco is also offering all consumers who own these cribs an identification/warning sticker for placement on the mattress platform to prevent future mis-assembly. Consumers should call Cosco for this important sticker.
Major national retail stores and baby specialty stores sold the cribs beginning in 1995 for about $90 to $150.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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