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Stork Recalls More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

In November 2009, Stork Craft Manufacturing, Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including 147,000 cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The cribs have defective plastic hardware that can break and cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners, posing a risk of falls or child entrapment if the child slips in the space between the drop-side and the mattress. The defective cribs may also have deformed claws, connectors, tracks, and tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and drop-sides installed upside-down.

The recall affects Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have plastic hardware and one-hand-system hardware. The recall does not include cribs without a drop-side, or cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware.

There have been at least 110 incidents of drop-side detachment, including 15 entrapments, and 20 falls from cribs. Four cases of entrapment resulted in suffocation in infants 6 to 9 months old. Other injuries ranged from concussions to bumps and bruises. The cribs were sold in the U.S. and Canada between January 1993 and October 2009, in retailers including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, USA Baby, Sears, and Wal-Mart, as well as many online retailers.

The CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and request a free repair kit from Stork Craft to convert the drop-side to a fixed side.