Another huge crib recall
Last year there were enormous recalls of cribs manufactured in Asia but sold in the U.S. This week the Seattle Times reported that a million more cribs, manufactured in China, Indonesia and Canada by Stork Craft, were recalled. The metal mattress support brackets can crack or break allowing a gap where an infant can be trapped or suffocate. Last year investigators addressing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome pointed to the danger of any obstruction of air circulation around infants and recommended the use of a fan in children's bedrooms to circulate air. Parents and manufacturers must be vigilant to protect young children from any potential airway impairment on entrapment.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is reportedly aware of ten incidents involving failed support brackets, including one non-fatal entrapment. The cribs were sold at WalMart, JC Penney, KMart and other stores, and through various on-line sources including Amazon.com and Babiesrus.com.
At the same time, Taggies Sleep'nPlay baby garments manufactured in China were recalled due to a problem created by detaching fasteners that represent a choking hazard. All recalls can be investigated or confirmed through www.cpsc.gov.