Crib Recalls and Defects

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It is a tragedy when a child is injured or killed as the result of crib defects. Unfortunately, crib deaths and injuries are all too common. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works tirelessly to identify and remove unsafe cribs from the marketplace by issuing crib recalls.

Crib Recalls

On November 23, 2009, the CPSC announced the recall of Stork Craft drop-side cribs. The Stork Craft crib recall involves more than 2.1 million cribs manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009. According to the CPSC and Stork Craft Manufacturing, Inc., a Canadian company, the plastic components of the cribs can break, deform, or fall off. Additionally, the drop-side can be installed upside down which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts.

The Stork Craft crib recall is thought to be the largest crib recall in U.S. history. However, there have been other crib recalls, including the Dorel Asia, Carmaria Furniture, LaJobi, and Jardine crib recalls. Each of these cribs was recalled because of dangerous crib defects. The most common crib defects can result in:

  • Entrapment;
  • Suffocation;
  • Fall Injuries, including concussions, abrasions, bumps and bruises; and
  • Death.

The first Jardine crib recall took place in June 2008 and involved 320,000 cribs. There have been two expansions of the Jadine crib recall, the first in January, 2009 and the second in May, 2009. These expansions added over 150,000 more cribs to the recall.

What To Do If You Own a Recalled Crib

The CPSC recommends that consumers who own defective cribs stop using them immediately and use alternate sleeping accommodations for their infant until the crib is replaced or properly repaired. The manufacturers of defective cribs usually provide free repair kits to consumers. Repairs should not be made if you have not received a repair kit from the manufacturer.

Help from a Lawyer for Injuries or Death

A free repair kit is great if your child has not been harmed by the defective crib. However, if your infant has suffered an injury or been killed because of crib defects, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The attorney will evaluate your case and recommend a course of action to help you get the compensation you deserve for the injury to or death of your child.