Federal Agency Recalls Cribs for Suffocation Hazards

By Peter DePaolis

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of approximately 22,000 full-size and portable drop-side cribs. In the full-size cribs, the drop-side hardware can break, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib and creating a space between the drop side and mattress. The space can trap an infant and lead to strangulation or suffocation.

In the portable cribs, the drop-side rail can break, allowing the drop side to fall unexpectedly. The mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can easily break. Children can cut themselves on the exposed hardware from the defective product.

So far, there are 69 reported incidents involving the cribs. A one-year-old suffered a scratch on his nose after falling between the mattress support and side rail of the portable crib. An eight-month-old girl suffered a minor head injury from the exposed hardware on the portable crib.

The CPSC warns consumers to stop using the cribs immediately.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.