The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Albee Baby are recalling
about 130 Sorelle brand “Prescott” fixed-sided cribs because
they pose a possible hazard to children. Simplicity Inc., a manufacturer
that is no longer in business, made the cribs.
This latest recall expands upon a crib recall that was announced last April involving Simplicity cribs. That recall was for both drop-side and fixed-side cribs. They too were recalled because they posed possible fall, entrapment, and suffocation hazards.
The approximately 130 cribs are re-labeled Simplicity cribs and come with the tubular metal mattress-support frames that were part of the original recall. In the event that the frames detach or bend, a space may be created that a toddler or infant can get entrapped in or fall out of the crib through.
Already there has been one Massachusetts crib death involving a one-year-old who got entrapped between the crib frame and mattress and suffocated. The CPSC says it has received at least 13 reports of incidents involving Simplicity cribs that collapsed because the metal mattress support frame became bent or detached.
Our child injury law firm wants to remind you that you can hold a crib manufacturer liable for products liability if your son or daughter sustains injuries or dies because of a crib defect or malfunction.
Baby Safety Month
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association sponsors Baby Safety Month in September. This year, JPMA is placing special emphasis on teaching caregivers and parents about the importance of a safe sleeping environment for a baby.
JPMA offers a number of crib safety tips, including:
- If your child is in a drop-side crib, remember to keep the drop-side raised unless you need to lower it to pick up your child or lean into the crib.
- Don’t place the crib close to windows, blinds, or draperies that come with long cords.
- Make sure the crib is properly installed and that there are no missing or loose parts, such as spindles or slats.
- Make sure that if there is a space between the crib side and mattress that it is no more than the width of two fingers wide.
- Don’t use a crib that has any cutout areas on its footboard or headboard.
Albee Baby Recalls C & T International/Sorelle Brand “Prescott”
Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards, CPSC, September 14, 2010
Crib recall expanded, News Channel 5, WPTV, September 15, 2010
Crib Safety, JPMA
Related Web Resources:
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
Crib safety tips, Consumer Reports
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