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Cribs Recalled Due to Strangulation and Suffocation Hazards

January 19, 2010 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 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.

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.

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.

The following Dorel Asia cribs are involved in the recall:

*    3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. WM1633

*    3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (no castors) (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. WM1633-0

*    4-1 Bethany James Crib – Walnut (Fixed Front Rail) Model No. WM1676BC

*    2-1 Crib – Walnut (Fixed Front Rail) Model No. WM1676BCR-DC

*    4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut (Fixed Front Rail) Model No. WM2163

*    4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut (Fixed Front Rail) Model No. WM2163DC

*    3-1 Sleigh Crib (no castors) (Fixed Front Rail) Model No. WM1633-0-DC

*    3-1 Convertible – Espresso (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. GP004B3EGR

*    3-1 Convertible – White (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. GP004B3WGR

*    Single – Espresso (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. GP006BCEGR

*    Single – White (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. GP006BCWGR

*    3-1 Convertible Crib – Natural (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DA1615B3

*    3-1 Convertible Crib – White (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DAKM5132

*    Cottage Hill Single Crib – White (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DASE5005

*    Vintage Estate 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DASE5009

*    3-1 Heritage Crib – Natural (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DA0504KMC-1N

*    3-1 Heritage Crib – White (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DA0504KMC-1W

*    3-1 Lexington Crib – Cherry (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DA1614B3

*    Single Jenny Lind Crib – Walnut (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DAKM5152

*    3-1 Convertible – Toffee (Drop Side Front Rail) Model No. DASE5015

Approximately 635,000 cribs have been sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs until replacement kits are obtained and installed.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact the Defective Product lawyers of Gomez Trial Attorneys today.

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