Another Set of Drop-Side Cribs Recalled

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is formally recalling another drop-side crib after it found the hardware to be similar to other recalled cribs.

The latest recall, announced Wednesday, concerns SafetyCraft full-size and portable drop-side cribs, which are manufactured or distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide of Dothan, Ala. The cribs are nearly identical to Generation 2 Worldwide ChildESIGNS drop-side cribs, which were recalled in February 2010 after the CPSC received reports of three infant suffocation deaths and 20 drop-side crib related incidents.

According to the CPSC, the crib's plastic drop-side hardware can break, causing the drop-side part of the crib to detach from a corner. And when the drop side detaches, it creates a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, ensuring the risk of suffocation or strangulation. The crib's mattress support can detach from the crib frame, too, creating a hazardous space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped, suffocated or strangled.

Parents owning the crib are advised to throw it out.

“Do not attempt to fix these cribs,” the commission said in the press release announcing the recall.

The CPSC banned the manufacture and sale of all cribs built with a drop-down side in December. However, retailers have until June to get these products off the market.

This particular recall was delayed because the manufacturer Generation 2 Worldwide ceased operations in 2005, giving the CPSC limited information about its cribs and where they were sold.

The CPSC did note that the SafetyCraft trademark has since been purchased by Foundations Children's Products of Medina, Ohio, and were careful to point out that SafetyCraft cribs manufactured and sold by Foundations Children's Products are not subject to the recall.

Consumers can identify the Foundations SafetyCraft crib by locating the word "Foundations" printed on the label under the crib’s mattress.

Why are drop-side cribs so dangerous? Find out in this MainStreet article that examines their sordid history.

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