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CPSC recalls drop-side cribs because of suffocation concerns

This U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency responsible for recalling defective or dangerous products, announced yet another recall of drop-side cribs yesterday. The CPSC believes the SafetyCraft brand full size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured and distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide contain defective parts identical to the Generation 2 Worldwide ChildEsigns brand cribs recalled about one year ago.

The CPSC is concerned that a SafetyCraft crib's plastic drop-side hardware can break. This can cause the drop side of the crib to detach from the crib. When the side detaches, an infant or toddler can become wedged or trapped in the space that is created. There have been three reported suffocation deaths and 20 reported drop side incidents involving the plastic hardware on the ChildEsigns cribs that contain plastic hardware nearly identical to the plastic hardware contained in the Generation 2 Worldwide SafetyCraft cribs. The CPSC is urging anyone who has one of the cribs to stop using it immediately. The agency cautions against trying to fix the cribs.

Generation 2 Worldwide went out of business in 2005. The rights to the "SafetyCraft" brand name were sold to Foundations Children's Products, and the CPSC has noted SafetyCraft cribs made by Foundations Children's Products are not a part of the recall. The cribs made by Foundations Children's Products can be identified by the word "Foundations" printed on the mattress support assembly instructions label under the crib mattress.

Because the original manufacturer has gone out of business, the CPSC has limited information about where the Generation 2 Worldwide SafetyCraft drop-side cribs were sold and the CPSC cannot identify any major retailers that sold the cribs. The name "SafetyCraft" appears on a label attached to the crib's headboard or footboard and the product labels will identify the place of manufacture as Indonesia or Dothan, Alabama. The CPSC believes the dangerous cribs are being used in homes as well as childcare facilities.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, " WARNING: Generation 2 Worldwide "SafetyCraft" Brand Drop-Side Cribs Pose Risks of Strangulation, Suffocation," 2/3/2011

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