New Jersey Company Recalls Thousands of Cribs Because of Risk to Infants

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a number of recalls involving millions of drop-side cribs since 2005. In the United States, drop-side cribs have been linked to, or suspected to be linked to, approximately 50 infant fatalities in the last decade. This past May, the CPSC, in conjunction with New Jersey-based crib importer Dream On Me, has recalled approximately 22,000 drop-sided crib models.

At the time of the voluntary recall, the CPSC and Dream On Me had received almost 70 incident reports regarding these cribs manufactured in China. In one incident, a small child became trapped between the mattress and rail, and another was injured by exposed plastic hardware inside the portable crib.

The affected cribs include several full-sized crib models manufactured between January 2006 and December 2009, as well as three portable models manufactured between August 2007 and February 2009. For the full-sized models, consumers will be given a free immobilizer kit that can be installed and will disable the drop rail. These kits will be available beginning June 30, 2011. As for the portable cribs, owners can receive a replacement crib with fixed sides. These replacements will be available in July 2011.

While drop-side cribs have been around for decades, newer models are not as sturdy as the older makes. These newer versions, while offering specific conveniences, come with risks of entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and other injuries. Product liability law exists to hold manufacturers and distributors responsible for defects such as these when they injured innocent people.

With a mission of protecting the public from unsafe consumer products, the CPSC has had growing concerns about drop-sided cribs. A study published this past February in the journal "Pediatrics," revealed that 26 U.S. babies and toddlers are hurt in cribs, playpens and bassinets each day. As of June 2011, a new mandatory federal standard for cribs became law and bans the sale of drop-sided cribs.

When a product is defective or unreasonably dangerous, manufacturers can be made to pay for the injuries it causes. In the case of drop-sided cribs, infants have suffered from falls, fall-related injuries, suffocation, strangulation and even death. If a child has suffered injuries from a drop-sided crib, parents or guardians should seek advice from competent legal counsel.