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635,000 cribs recalled

635,000 cribs recalled

Dorel Asia crib recall. This is the 4-1 Crib Walnut, Model # WM1676BC.

by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE News

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kvue.com

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 20 at 10:53 AM

 

 

There’s another drop-side crib recall to warn parents about. This time 635,000 Dorel Asia cribs are being recalled.

 

In all the company received 67 reports of the slats or the hardware on the drop-down side hardware breaking. Included in those reports is that of a 6 month old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who became entrapped and strangled in the crib.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the parents continued to use the crib after they tried to repair the drop-side themselves.

These cribs were sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700. Many of these are the convertible cribs which allow you to get years of use out of the them.

If you have one of these cribs you should stop using it immediately and call 866-762-2304 for a free replacement kit. You can also log on the company’s web site.

The following models are included in the recall (and be sure to check out the attached pictures):

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

Dorel statement:

Included in today’s press release is an infant death that reportedly occurred in a Dorel Asia crib.  Although tragic, it is important for consumers to understand that the circumstances of this fatality were highly unusual. 

The CPSC investigator’s synopsis of the incident, referring to the six month old infant death, states: “He had fallen out of his crib a month earlier. The crib was known to be broken before that when it was used with an older child. After this incident, they put "duct tape" on the crib to hold it together. Both parents were arrested for "child endangerment with death" and the father had additional drug charges”.

The report also indicates the child was put to sleep with a thick afghan in the crib.   Dorel Asia’s instructions strongly warn against this practice because thick bedding is a known hazard to children. 

The recalled cribs meet and exceed all applicable safety standards.  Hundreds of thousands of Dorel Asia cribs have been properly assembled and used safely without incident.  At Dorel Asia there is nothing more important than a baby's health and safety. It is our goal to provide parents with the safest sleep environment for their baby.

Important information for parents

Remember never to use any crib or other child equipment if it has missing, broken or loose parts. The CPSC says you should make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with duct tape, wire or rope.

And this is a great resource to check to make sure your crib, bassinet or play yard has not been part of a recall.

If there are parents who’ve experienced problems with their cribs or have worries about the safety of children's products, please send me an e-mail. I’m working on a story and would like to get your feedback and experience.

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