Major Crib Recall




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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is announcing a voluntary recall to replace drop side and non-drop side cribs that pose suffocation and strangulation hazards to infants and toddlers.  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs until replacement kits are obtained and installed.

Name of Product: Dorel Asia cribs

Units: About 635,000

Distributor: Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados

Hazard: The drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle.  In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged.  This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling.

Reports: CPSC and Dorel Asia SRL received a report of the death of 6-month old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop side hardware broke.  The crib continued to be used after the parents tried to repair the drop side themselves.  CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 31 drop side incidents. In six of those incidents, children were entrapped between the drop side and crib mattress. Three children suffered from bruises as a result of the entrapment. In addition, CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 36 incidents of slat breakage, including seven reports of bruises and scratches to children and two reports of entrapment that resulted in no injury.

Description: The following Dorel Asia cribs are involved in the recall:

Model NumberFront RailDescription
WM1633Drop side3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry
WM1633-0Drop side3-1 Sleigh Crib - Cherry (no castors)
WM1676BCFixed4-1 Bethany James Crib – Walnut
WM1676BCR-DCFixed2-1 Crib – Walnut
WM2163Fixed4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut
WM2163DCFixed4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut
WM1633-0-DCFixed3-1 Sleigh Crib (no castors)
GP004B3EGRDrop side3-1 Convertible – Espresso
GP004B3WGRDrop side3-1 Convertible – White
GP006BCEGRDrop sideSingle – Espresso
GP006BCWGRDrop sideSingle – White
DA1615B3Drop side3-1 Convertible Crib – Natural
DAKM5132Drop side3-1 Convertible Crib – White
DASE5005Drop sideCottage Hill Single Crib – White
DASE5009Drop sideVintage Estate 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry
DA0504KMC-1NDrop side3-1 Heritage Crib – Natural
DA0504KMC-1WDrop side3-1 Heritage Crib – White
DA1614B3Drop side3-1 Lexington Crib – Cherry
DAKM5152Drop sideSingle Jenny Lind Crib - Walnut
DASE5015Drop side3-1 Convertible - Toffee

Sold at: K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700.

Manufactured in: China and Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, find an alternative safe sleeping environment for your child, and contact Dorel Asia to receive a free replacement kit. Consumers should log on to www.dorel-asia.com to order the free replacement kit to prevent child entrapment in these cribs.  The repair kits will be provided to owners within the next several weeks.

Consumer Contact: Call Dorel Asia toll-free at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.dorel-asia.com

Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts.  Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy.  When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly.  Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement.  Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.  In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with duct tape, wire or rope.

To see pictures of all cribs’ involved, click here.