September 29, 2011: Shermag Recalls Drop-Side Cribs
About 3,100 drop-side cribs have been recalled due to entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards.
Many styles of the crib are included in this recall. Image here represents just one.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Shermag Inc., of Quebec, Canada, have recalled about 3,100 (2,300 in United States and 800 in Canada) drop-side cribs. The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib. Drop-side rail failures can also occur due to incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear.
The CPSC and shermag are aware of 21 incidents involving drop sides that failed or detached. No injuries have been reported.
Do You Own This Product?
This recall involves wooden drop-side cribs with hidden drop-side hardware. The cribs were sold in various colors. Model numbers 202647, 211047, and 272547 are included in this recall. The cribs were sold separately and as part of the “City Lights,” “Fairy Tales,” and “Dormez Vous” furniture collections. “Shermag” is printed on a tag on the mattress springs. The model numbers can be found on stickers and warning labels on the crib’s headboard or footboard. The cribs sold at The Land of Nod and other baby specialty stores from September 2004 through December 2008 for between $400 and $800.
Whom to Contact
Consumers should stop using these cribs immediately and contact the firm to request a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard, or toddler bed depending on the child’s age.
For additional information, contact Shermag at (800) 567-3419 between 8 AM and 4 PM EST, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.shermag.com.
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