On September 29, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for around 2,300 drop-side cribs in the United States, and Health Canada has recalled another 800 in Canada. The recall affects drop-side cribs made by Sherman Inc. due to risks of entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards. The CPSC advises anyone who owns one of these cribs to stop using it immediately as the drop-side rail hardware used in construction of the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop-side to become detached from the crib. If this occurs, a dangerous gap is created between the drop-side and the mattress, potentially trapping and hurting or suffocating an infant.
Some infants have also fallen out of these cribs after the drop-side hardware has failed due to incorrect assembly or everyday wear and tear caused by raising and lowering the drop-side. The CPSC reports on their site that:
“This recall involves wooden drop-side cribs with hidden drop-side hardware. The cribs were sold in various colors. Model numbers 202647, 211047 and 272547 are included in this recall. The cribs were sold separately and as part of the ‘City Lights,’ ‘Fairy Tales’ and ‘Dormez Vous’ furniture collections. ‘Shermag’ is printed on a tag on the mattress springs. The model numbers can be found on stickers and warning labels on the crib’s headboard or footboard.”
Anyone who owns one of these cribs can contact Shermag to receive a free repair kit that reportedly prevents the drop-side from dropping unexpectedly. For more information about the crib recall, owners can contact Shermag at (800) 567-3419 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.shermag.com.
We expect products to be designed and constructed so that they are safe to use. We especially expect products designed for children to be over-engineered so that they pose no risk to a child’s health and life. Sadly, as this and other crib recalls in recent years have shown, these expectations are not always rewarded with sturdy products that are safe to use. When a product of any kind injures a child, parents have a right to seek damages against the manufacturer, distributor and retailers that sold the product.
If a defective product has injured your child and you want to speak with an Orlando personal injury lawyer, call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Cunningham has a proven record of success in product liability cases and has extensive experience helping parents receive damages through negotiated settlements or court awards. If you have questions about Florida product liability laws and your rights as a consumer, call today to get an aggressive Orlando product liability attorney on your side!
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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