FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 1997
Release # 97-195
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), J.C. Penney of Plano, Texas, is recalling about 6,000 Francisca full-size wooden baby cribs. The cribs' side rail spindles are too short and can loosen and separate, creating a space greater than 2-3/8 inches between the slats. Babies could be strangled if their heads become entrapped between the slats. In addition, babies could be seriously injured if they fall out of the crib.
CPSC is aware of four reports of missing or loose side rail spindles. No injuries have been reported.
There are two crib models being recalled: model 343-3935 and model 343-4065 sold under the Francisca brand name. The cribs are available in either a hardwood or cherry finish. The manufacturer's identification, which includes the model number, is located on the bottom of the mattress support.
J.C. Penney Catalogs sold the cribs from August 1996 through April 1997 for about $200.
Consumers should stop using these cribs immediately. Consumers should return the crib to the nearest J.C. Penney store to receive a refund or replacement crib. If consumers cannot get to a store, they can receive the refund or replacement by calling J.C. Penney at (800) 709-5777. This number is operational 24 hours a day.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– 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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