On Jan. 10, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of approximately 635,000 Dorel Asia cribs sold by Wal-Mart, Sears, K-mart and other outlets. The recall was prompted by the death of a six-month-old child, who was strangled after becoming stuck in the crib when the drop side hardware broke.
According to the CPSC, the hardware supporting the side of the crib can malfunction, allowing the drop side to detach, possibly causing the child to become trapped or suffocated. (The drop side of the crib is the side that can be moved up and down to remove the infant from the crib.) If the drop side detaches, the child can become trapped, suffocated or strangled in the newly formed space between the mattress and the drop side. Children can also be injured if the crib’s slat becomes damaged, which can occur when the crib is being assembled, dissembled or shipped. This slat damage can also occur while the crib is in use. To date, the CPSC has received 31 reports of detaching cribs, as well as notice of ten injuries and one death.
The CPSC has advised owners of the Dorel Asia cribs to stop using the product. In February, repair kits will be sent to repair the problem of the faulty drop side. For more information on the Dorel Asia Crib recall, please visit the website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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