Ethan Allen, Angel Line. and Victory Land announced the recall of over 40,000 drop-side cribs today. The recalls come after six children were injured.
The cribs can pose entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation hazards in the event that the drop-side rail detaches, malfunctions, or fails. A partial detached drop-side rail can create a space between the rail and the mattress that a toddler or infant can easily fall into and get trapped in. Fall accidents from the crib also occur. Aside from poor materials and defective design, wear and tear and incorrect assembly can also cause a drop-side to malfunction.
Also this week, Graco recalled about 2 million strollers following reports that four babies had died from strangulation. A baby who was seated in the stroller but not strapped in can slide down in between the tray stroller and the seat bottom and get stuck there, which can result in strangulation. It was just earlier this year that Graco recalled 1.5 million strollers because the hinges on the stroller canopy could amputate or cut a child’s fingertips when the canopy was opened or shut. The defect resulted in at least five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations among kids.
It wasn’t even a month ago that Fisher-Price recalled more than 10 million tricycles, toys, and high chairs over different defects that could cause injuries to children. Included in the recall announcement were about 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycle, some 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampways, nearly 3 million Fisher-Price infant toys that come with inflatable balls, and over 800,000 high chairs. Choking hazards and other injuries can result.
Thousands of drop-side cribs recalled, ABC Local, October 22, 2010
Strangulation, Entrapment Risk for 2 Million Older Graco Strollers, WEB MD, October 20, 2010
The Fisher-Price recall: Should parents worry?, The Week, October 4, 2010
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Consumer Product Safety Commission
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