The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is announcing a voluntary recall to replace 635,000 drop side and non-drop side cribs that pose suffocation and strangulation hazards to infants and toddlers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs until replacement kits are obtained and installed.
The drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling.
CPSC and Dorel Asia SRL received a report of the death of 6-month old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop side hardware broke. The crib continued to be used after the parents tried to repair the drop side themselves. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 31 drop side incidents. In six of those incidents, children were entrapped between the drop side and crib mattress. Three children suffered from bruises as a result of the entrapment. In addition, CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 36 incidents of slat breakage, including seven reports of bruises and scratches to children and two reports of entrapment that resulted in no injury.
Description: The following Dorel Asia cribs are involved in the recall:
|Model Number||Front Rail||Description|
|WM1633||Drop side||3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry|
|WM1633-0||Drop side||3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (no castors)|
|WM1676BC||Fixed||4-1 Bethany James Crib – Walnut|
|WM1676BCR-DC||Fixed||2-1 Crib – Walnut|
|WM2163||Fixed||4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut|
|WM2163DC||Fixed||4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut|
|WM1633-0-DC||Fixed||3-1 Sleigh Crib (no castors)|
|GP004B3EGR||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – Espresso|
|GP004B3WGR||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – White|
|GP006BCEGR||Drop side||Single – Espresso|
|GP006BCWGR||Drop side||Single – White|
|DA1615B3||Drop side||3-1 Convertible Crib – Natural|
|DAKM5132||Drop side||3-1 Convertible Crib – White|
|DASE5005||Drop side||Cottage Hill Single Crib – White|
|DASE5009||Drop side||Vintage Estate 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry|
|DA0504KMC-1N||Drop side||3-1 Heritage Crib – Natural|
|DA0504KMC-1W||Drop side||3-1 Heritage Crib – White|
|DA1614B3||Drop side||3-1 Lexington Crib – Cherry|
|DAKM5152||Drop side||Single Jenny Lind Crib – Walnut|
|DASE5015||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – Toffee|
Sold at: K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700.
Manufactured in: China and Vietnam
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, find an alternative safe sleeping environment for your child, and contact Dorel Asia to receive a free replacement kit. Consumers should log on to www.dorel-asia.com to order the free replacement kit to prevent child entrapment in these cribs. The repair kits will be provided to owners within the next several weeks.
Consumer Contact: Call Dorel Asia toll-free at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.dorel-asia.com