Child's death prompts massive crib recall


WASHINGTON (AP) - The death of a six-month old child prompted
the recall Tuesday of about 635,000 cribs sold by Kmart, Sears,
Walmart and other stores.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of
20 models of Dorel Asia cribs with both drop sides and fixed front
rails.
Some of the Chinese- and Vietnamese-made cribs were recalled
because their drop sides can detach, creating a space where a child
can be trapped and suffocate or strangle.
A 6-month-old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, strangled after
getting trapped in the crib when the drop-side hardware broke. The
child's parents were using the crib after trying to repair it
themselves.
Some of the cribs were also recalled because a child can be
trapped if one of the slats is broken or damaged. This damage can
occur while the crib is in use as well as when it is being put
together, taken apart or shipped.
CPSC and Barbados-based Dorel Asia SRL have received 31 reports
of incidents involving drop-side cribs, including six incidents of
children being trapped between the mattress and the drop side. The
agency and company have also received 36 reports of broken slats,
including two reports of trapped children.
To receive a free repair kit to prevent this hazard, contact
Dorel Asia at 866-762-2304. More information is available online at
http://www.dorel-asia.com.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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