The CPSC and Health Canada are aware of 110 incidents in which the drop-side of a Stork Craft crib detached. Of those, 15 were entrapments in which four children died of suffocation. According to the CPSC, the deaths include a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Also reported were 20 falls from the cribs with injuries ranging from concussions to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in the recall have plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, gone missing, or become deformed as well as other hardware that was loose or missing. In some cases, the drop-sides had been installed upside-down.
The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that were manufactured between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. and Canada in 1998. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs with the “Fisher-Price” logo, the logo can be found on the crib’s teething rail, in the manufacturer’s instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of some models.
The cribs were sold at major retailers in the U.S. and Canada including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.
Parents are strongly cautioned to stop using the cribs immediately -- meaning tonight -- and find alternate sleeping arrangements for their youngster. The CPSC advises consumers to contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side. For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com. Please note that the Web site was unavailable when we tried to access it.
Consumer Reports has been warning about the dangers of drop-side cribs for some time and has urged industry to eliminate this design in favor of safer, fixed side models.
Why for decades did we have cribs that lasted for years and years without incident? Families used them for three or four children then passed them down or used them for their grandchildren!
I don't think eliminating drop sides is the best answer. Just make them better to begin with and include easy to understand instructions. You know, the "old fashioned way".
it the same as anything else now a days , plastic is cheaper then metal.As far as for anything that in involves kids safety the powers that be should take a serious look at where and for what plastic gets used for.
Can we just attach the side permanently using screws so it doesn't ever drop down?