From time to time we talk about product recalls, especially when they involve
safety issues. Just recently, in fact, we mentioned the Maclaren baby
stroller recall. Well, now there’s a large-scale crib recall that
involves more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs produced by Canadian company
Stork Craft Manufacturing.
So far there have been four deaths caused by the drop-side cribs. Basically,
the cribs have hardware that can fall off or break, which causes the side
that drops to come apart. This then creates a space between the crib mattress
and the detached side, and an infant can get stuck there and suffocate.
The cribs in question were made between January of 1993 and October of
2009. Some 150,000 of them are the Fisher-Price brand. They were sold
widely in such stores as Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, and Costco. To make
matters more confusing, they were manufactured in a number of countries,
such as China, Canada, and Indonesia. Owners of these cribs are urged
to contact Stork Craft for a free repair kit.
Drop-side cribs have been problematic for some time, and some 5 million
drop-side cribs have been recalled over the past two years. The Consumer
Product Safety Commission is said to be considering safety standards that
would essentially ban drop-side cribs altogether. If you have a drop-side
crib, please exercise caution!