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More Drop-Side Cribs Recalled

On May 24, 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of Dream on Me, Inc. Full-Size and Portable Drop-Side Cribs. This is on the heels of the CPSC's ban of the manufacture, sale, and resale of drop-side cribs in December 2010. As of June 2010, cribs are now required to be manufactured with fixed sides. In the past five years more than nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled.

For Dream on Me cribs alone, there have been 69 reported incidents of injury after the drop-side rail has failed. In addition, drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities.

Drop-side cribs include a side rail on the crib which moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib. The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress, allowing for an infant's body to become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. Additionally, there is a risk that the child may fall out of the crib.

The Dream on Me cribs were sold in Toys R Us, Walmart and Target stores nationwide and online at The full-size cribs were sold from January 2006 to December 2009 and the portable cribs were sold from September 2007 to December 2009.

Free kits that will immobilize the drop sides will be available to consumers who have purchased the Dream on Me Full-Size Cribs beginning June 30, 2011. For individuals who have purchased the Dream on Me Portable Crib, they will receive a free replacement portable crib with fixed sides beginning in mid-July 2011.

Categories: recall, crib, infant death

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