The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Delta Enterprise Corp.
are again announcing recall of over 985,000 drop-side cribs that come
with “Crib Trigger Lock and Safety Peg” hardware. This re-announcement
comes two months after the crib maker and CPSC learned that a baby girl,
7 months, died in a Colorado crib entrapment accident in 2009. The original
recall was announced in October 2008.
The crib, which was bought secondhand, had been put together but without bottom track safety pegs. The baby suffocated after getting stuck between the crib mattress and its drop side, which had detached. The missing safety pegs contributed to the drop-side rail coming off its track.
The 2008 recall was issued after another infant, 8 months, died in a crib entrapment accident when the drop-side detached. That crib was also assembled without safety pegs. Missing pegs was also a factor in the 9 crib detachment and 2 entrapment incidents that had been reported.
It is important that a crib is properly assembled and all pieces are securely in place. Cribs should also be free of hardware defects that can cause dangerous malfunctions, such as when a drop-side becomes derailed, creating an opening between the mattress and the side of a crib that can lead to entrapment and, subsequently, suffocation, as well as other injuries. For example, if a child were to fall out of the crib because a drop-side had partially come off, he/she might sustain bruises, broken bones, cuts, or suffer a head injury.
Fortunately, the US government has now banned drop-side cribs in the US, which is linked to over 30 toddler and infant deaths over the last decade. Millions of drop-side cribs have had to be recalled because of the danger they pose to young kids. That said, there are still drop-side cribs that have already been bought or acquired secondhand that may cause injuries to children.
Our child injury lawyers are familiar with the crib defects that can cause serious injuries and we are not afraid to pursue recovery from a large manufacturer if their negligence played a role in causing the crib accident.
Second Infant Death Prompts Re-Announcement of Delta Enterprise “Safety Peg” Drop-Side Crib Recall to Repair, CPSC, March 22, 2011
After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed, MSNBC/AP, December 15, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Delta Children’s Products
Crib Safety, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
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