Drop-Side Crib Recall
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.
Parents have known about the dangers of drop-side cribs for some time. The risks of suffocation when a baby is trapped while one side of the crib drops are significant, and there have been some high-profile recalls in recent years to protect infants from injury and death. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham would like parents to know that non-drop-side cribs pose a serious risk to babies as well. Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently announced the recall of more than 20,000 non-drop-side cribs in the U.S. to address problems with the mattress support system. IKEA has said that some of the bolts holding the mattress support system in place are not long enough and the mattress can collapse under the weight of an infant, creating a suffocation hazard. The IKEA recall involves Sniglar brand cribs sold from October 2005 to June 2010.