WASHINGTON – More than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing are being recalled, the biggest crib recall in U.S. history, following reports of four infant suffocations.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said late Monday the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based. Sales of the cribs being recalled go back to 1993. Nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.
The safety commission said it is aware of four infants who suffocated in the drop-side cribs, which have a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily.
The Stork Craft cribs have had problems with their hardware, which can break, deform or become missing after years. The commission said there can also be problems with assembly mistakes by the crib owner. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a dangerous space between the drop-side and the crib mattress where a child can become trapped.
The commission is urging parents to stop using the cribs until receiving a free repair kit from Stork Craft.
The cribs, which were manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009, sold for between $100 and $400 and were made in Canada, China and Indonesia.
Consumer advocates have complained for years about drop-side cribs. More than 5 million of them have been recalled over the past two years alone – recalls that were associated with the deaths of a dozen young children.
ASTM International, an organization that sets voluntary industry safety standards for a variety of products, approved a new standard last week that requires four immovable, or fixed, sides for full-size cribs – essentially eliminating the manufacture of drop-side cribs.
In the Stork Craft recall, 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” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs.