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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Companies Recall Over 2 Million Cribs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that seven companies, including Evenflo and Delta Enterprise Corp., have recalled over two million cribs due to concerns they may injure or kill babies. Most of the cribs are reported to be drop-side; that is, cribs with a moveable side rail so parents can lift children more easily.

There have been over 250 reports of drop-side failures and at least 16 infant entrapments, however, there have been no reports of deaths.

The recalls include:

  • 750,000 Jenny Lind drop-side cribs distributed by Evenflo Inc.
  • 306,000 Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI drop-side cribs manufactured by LaJobi Inc.
  • 130,000 Jardine drop-side cribs imported by Toys R Us.
  • 156,000 Million Dollar Baby drop-side cribs
  • 50,000 Simmons drop-side cribs
  • 40,000 to 50,000 Child Craft brand stationary-side cribs and an unknown number of Child Craft brand drop-sides. (Child Craft discontinued operating last summer and sold its name to Foundations Worldwide Inc. Foundations did not manufacture or sell any of the recalled cribs but is offering rebates for some of them.)
  • 747,000 Delta drop-side cribs

In addition to this particular drop-side failure, Delta is also urging parents to check all fixed and drop-side cribs that use wooden stabilizer bars to support the mattress. The bars can be installed upside down, causing the mattress platform to collapse. According to the CPSC, Delta "was not cooperative with providing the full number of units involved in the mattress support assembly problem."

There have been many recalls of drop-side cribs lately, and there is legislation in Congress to outlaw these dangerous defective products. In the past five years, nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled from the market. They are blamed in the deaths of over 30 infants and are suspected in the deaths of 14 more since 2000.

If your child has been injured by one of these recalled cribs, please contact the experienced defective product attorneys at the Cochran Firm. We serve clients nationwide.

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posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 7:41 AM

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