On February 9, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of more than 500,000 Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop-side cribs, citing a risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and suffocation. The recalled cribs have plastic hardware that can break and cause the drop side to detach and create a space into which a child can fall and become entrapped. The cribs’ mattress can also detach from the frame, creating a hazardous space and a potential for entrapment.
The recalled cribs include all Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop-side cribs. For some cribs, “Generation 2 Worldwide” appears on a label on the headboard or footboard, with China or Dothan, Alabama, listed as the country of manufacture. “ChildESIGNS” appears on a label on the teething rail of other recalled cribs.
The CPSC received three reports of fatal infant suffocation from crib entrapment, in addition to 20 other reports of drop-side detachment resulting in falling and entrapment. The CPSC received eight reports of mattresses detaching from the cribs.
The recalled cribs were sold at various furniture and retail stores nationwide, including Buy Buy Baby, K-Mart, and Wal-Mart. Consumers are urged to contact the store from which the crib was purchased for more information.