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.