About 2,300 drop-side cribs in the U.S., and about 800 cribs in Canada are being recalled by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and the crib’s manufacturer, Sherman Inc. for entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards the defective product poses to young children. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on September 29, 2011, which advised consumers to stop using the recalled cribs.
The recall was issued after it became apparent that the drop-side rail hardware on the cribs could break or fail, which can allow the drop-side to detach from the crib. When this happens, a gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress, in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped. This poses a suffocation and strangulation hazard. In addition, if the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib, children can inadvertently fall out of the crib. These hazards can also be caused by incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear.
“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,” reported the CPSC.
Consumers are advised to contact Shermag to receive a free repair kit, which will keep the drop-side from falling unexpectedly.
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