The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yet another crib recall, this one of Dorel Asia cribs, after a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, baby strangled to death after getting caught in the broken drop-side. His parents had attempted to repair the broken crib with duct tape.
Earlier this week Caramia Furniture recalled 1000 Diana model drop-side cribs due to faulty slats on the drop-sides.
The Dorel Asia recall is much broader in scope than the Caramia Furniture recall,encompassing 635,000 cribs, with and without drop-sides. A full list of the crib models subject to recall can be found here. While the Cedar Rapids baby was the only reported death due to a defective Dorel Asia crib, the drop-side model cribs generated 31 other complaints to Dorel Asia or the CPSC, 6 involving entrapment between the drop-side and mattress. Other Dorel Asia cribs are being recalled for potential slat breakage after 36 reports, including 2 that involved entrapment.
Dorel Asia and Caramia Furniture Crib Repair
The CPSC advises owners of the recalled models of Dorel-Asia and Carmia Furniture cribs to stop using the cribs immediately.
Dorel Asia will provide a free repair kit to consumers contacting the company at toll-free at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or through its website at www.dorel-asia.com. Until the kit is received and the crib repaired, parents should not use any of the recalled cribs for their babies.
Caramia “Diana”Crib owners can request free free replacement parts by calling Caramia Furniture at (877) 728-0342 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or through the website at www.caramiafurniture.com.
The Drop-Side Debate
Dorel Asia is only the latest of several manufacturers to recall massive numbers of drop-side cribs for defective hardware or breakage. Stork Craft recalled 2.1 million drop-side cribs in conjunction with the CPSC earlier this year due to faulty hardware. Stork Craft cribs were implicated in 15 baby entrapments in the United States, including 4 deaths.
The Stork Craft crib recall was the largest crib recall in history. But the Stork Craft recall was not the first involving faulty drop-side hardware. Simplicity recalled over a million cribs in 2007 after 3 babies died when drop-sides detached.
While drop-sides are convenient for parents putting babies to sleep, the repeated recalls have caused safety experts to advocate cessation of production of drop-side cribs in favor of more cumbersome but safer fixed-side cribs.
ASTM International has issued voluntary standards calling for 4 fixed sides on all full-size baby cribs and the CPSC is considering whether to promulgate regulations banning the sale of drop-side cribs.
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