Dorel Asia SRL has recalled more than 600,000 cribs sold at retail stores nationwide because of strangulation and suffocation hazards that injured 10 infants and killed on child, according to the government.
The hardware that holds up the side f the crib can fail and that can possibly cause the drop side of the crib to come apart which could suffocate a child and leave the child trapped, according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Kim Dulic is a spokeswoman for the CPSC and she says that the part of the crib that parents can move up and down to get the infant in or out of the crib is the drop side of the crib.
The CPSC said that if the drop becomes detach than a space is created an a toddler or a baby can get trapped and strangle themselves or even suffocate.
If a slat is damaged on a crib than infants can be at high risk of possible strangulation and entrapment. The slat can be damaged during use, in storage or even when the crib is being shipped or put together or taken apart.
More than 30 reports of sides coming detached from cribs have been sent to Dorel Asia. One of the incidents resulted in a 6-month-old child’s death. The child got trapped and strangled in the crib and three children were also injured in a Dorel crib.
There was also an additional 36 reports of slats breaking apart. Seven children were left bruised and scratched as a result of the slats breaking. Both drop-side and stationary cribs are affected by problems with slats.
Retail stores such as K-mart and Wal-Mart carried Dorel Asia cribs and Dorel Asia recalled cribs from both of those retailers. Sears also carried the Dorel Asia cribs. The cribs were sold at the three retailers from January 2005 to December 2009 and cost up to $700 per crib.
Sources say that owners of these cribs should stop using them as soon as possible. In February repair kits will be available and the kits will also come with up to four new sides and hardware to immobilize the drop side of the crib.