|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2003
Release # 03-121
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 835-2742
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic or Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7908
Baby's Dream Media Contact: Aimee Miller, (800) 835-2742
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby's Dream Furniture Inc., of Buena Vista, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 4,600 wooden convertible cribs manufactured from January to August 2001 to repair hinges on the drop gate. The three hinges along the fold-down drop gate can crack or break and allow babies to have their fingers pinched. Baby's Dream has received 38 reports of broken or cracked hinges, but there have been no injuries reported.
The recalled cribs were sold under either the Baby's Dream Furniture label or the National Baby Furniture label in five different models. The five models included in the recall are "Always Crib," "Crib 4 Life," "Legendary Crib," "Set 4 Life," and "Crib-2-College." The wooden cribs are honey, amber or cherry in color. The model names and the date of manufacture appear on a label on the lower inside of the frame. "Made in USA" is also printed on the label. Juvenile furniture and retail stores nationwide sold these cribs for between $300 and $400.
In addition, an unknown number of Baby's Dream cribs made between 1996 and 2002 may have drop gate trigger latches that are not correctly aligned to fit securely into the strike plate on the crib post. A misaligned latch where the latch trigger does not lock securely can allow the drop gate to open if a child leans on it, and the child could fall out. Baby's Dream and CPSC have received two reports of injuries to children when the latches did not hold. Injuries included one report of a child whose head was bruised after falling onto the floor when the drop gate latch failed and one report of a crushed finger when the rail unexpectedly moved inward when the parent leaned into the crib. There were five additional reports of children falling out of cribs who received no injury.
Consumers owning these Baby's Dream cribs should call Baby's Dream at (800) TEL CRIB (835-2742) between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the firm's web site at www.babysdream.com to receive a repair kit for hinges and/or latches or for specific instructions for examining their latches. Consumers can also write to Baby's Dream Furniture Inc., at P.O. Box 579, Buena Vista, GA 31803-0579.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related 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 injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.