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Consumer product recall

Archived – Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs and Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs with Fisher-Price Logo

Starting date:
November 24, 2009
Posting date:
November 24, 2009
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Childrens' Products, Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Physical Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-500002140

Joint Recall with Stork Craft, Health Canada and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs and Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs with Fisher-Price Logo

Product description

This recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs with plastic hardware, including Stork Craft drop-side cribs that were sold with the Fisher-Price logo. This recall does not involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, and crib name are printed on the assembly instruction sheet that is attached to the mattress support board.

Stork Craft drop-side cribs: The recall includes products with manufacture and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009.

Stork Craft drop-side cribs with Fisher-Price logo: The recall also includes products with manufacture dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Fisher Price logo can be found on the teething rail, in the manufacturer's instructions, and on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The logo is also on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.

Hazard identified

The cribs' drop-side plastic hardware can break or deform. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib. Please note that these products meet current safety standards. However, the reported incidents have demonstrated that the plastic hardware can break.

In Canada, there have been 3 reports of entrapment and 8 reports of falls from these cribs. There have also been 32 other reported incidents related to broken plastic drop-side hardware.

In the United States, there have been 12 reports of entrapments, including 4 incidents of suffocation, and 12 reports of falls from these cribs. There have also been 43 other reported incidents related to broken plastic drop-side hardware.

Parents and caregivers are reminded to check their baby's crib regularly before using it and are instructed not to use it if any parts are loose or missing, or if there are any signs of damage. Only parts obtained from the original manufacturer must be used for repairs. Do not repair broken parts with tape, wire or rope. Contact the manufacturer if replacement parts or additional instructions are needed.

For more information on crib requirements in Canada, as well as the safe use of cribs, see the Healthy Canadians page on Cribs, cradles and bassinets. For more information on safe sleeping practices for infants, see the Healthy Canadians page on Safe sleep.

Number sold

In Canada, approximately 968,841 of the recalled products were distributed. These cribs were sold at Sears Canada, Wal-Mart Canada and various other specialty retailers.

In the United States, approximately 1,213,000 units were distributed.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 1993 to October 2009.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Canada, China, and Indonesia.

Companies

Manufacturer
Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.
Richmond
CANADA
Tel: 1-800-274-0277
Importer
Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.
Bellingham
UNITED STATES
Manufacturer
Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc.
Bellingham
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should carefully examine the plastic drop-side hardware for any signs of damage or that the drop-side is installed up-side down. If there is reason for concern, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

Consumers should not return the crib. Any consumer with a crib subject to this recall should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side of the crib to a fixed side.

If consumers determine that their drop-side has been installed up-side down, or the drop-side hardware is broken, loose, missing, or deformed, they should immediately stop using the crib, find an alternative safe sleeping environment for their baby, and contact Stork Craft to receive replacement parts in addition to the repair kit.

Stork Craft Instructional Video for conversion of drop-side crib to fixed side crib (available in English only) and the transcript.

For more information, consumers may contact Stork Craft toll-free at 1-877-274-0277, or visit the firm's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.