January 13, 2009: Stork Craft Baby Cribs Recall
According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 535,000 of its baby cribs. The metal support brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break. When one or more support brackets break, the mattress can collapse and create a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails, in which a child can become entrapped and suffocate.
CPSC is aware of 10 incidents in which one or more mattress support brackets broke. In several incidents, the support bracket broke, causing the mattress to collapse and creating a gap between the mattress and crib rails. CPSC received a report of a toddler who sustained bruises to his forehead. In another incident a child reportedly became entrapped in the gap between the mattress and the drop side rail with no injury.
Do You Own This Crib?
This recall involves Stork Craft Baby cribs. All cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between May 2000 and November 2008 are included in this recall. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” is inscribed on the drop side teething rail of some cribs.
Manufactured in Canada, China, and Indonesia, the cribs were sold at major retailers including J.C. Penney, Kmart, and Walmart stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Sears.com, and Walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009 for between $100 and $400.
Whom to Contact
CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft at 1-866-361-3321 any time to order the free replacement kit with new mattress support brackets, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.
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