In a press release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of around 8,000 drop-side cribs due to the potential entrapment and suffocation hazards they pose to children.
The recall was initiated after it discovered that the drop-side cribs, manufactured by Yu Wei in Taiwan and sold online and through JC Penney catalogues from January 2006 through December 2010, have rails that can fall out of position. When the rail falls, a space is created that can entrap a child and possibly result in strangulation or suffocation. The CPSC has received reports of nine incidents where the drop-side rails failed or detached, including one report of child suffering minor abrasions to the arm. In addition to the threats of suffocation an strangulation, if the rail fails, the crib is no longer enclosed and poses a significant falling hazard.
Drop-side crib failures can happen with improper assembly or simply with age. The CPSC urges all consumers to never use a crib older than 10 years. Recently, federal regulations were implemented that require higher safety standards in all cribs sold after 28 June 2011, however, these regulations do not apply to cribs sold before that date.
As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I pray that providing this information will aid in keeping children safe by informing parents of potential dangers and current recalls. If you or your child has been injured by a defective product, call a personal injury lawyer in your city to discuss your rights.