Baby Cribs that were sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart nationwide are being recalled due to strangulation and suffocation hazards. There has been one infant death and 10 injuries reported to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission which has prompted a recall with the cooperation of the manufacturer, Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados. They were sold from January 2005 through December 2009 ranging in price from $120 and $700.
There are approximately 635,000 cribs that are included in this recall.
The problem with the crib is that the hardware on the drop side of the crib can fail causing it to fall off from the crib. This malfunction creates a gap where the young child can become trapped which could lead to suffocation or strangulation. In addition if a slat in the crib is damaged, this too can cause similar scenarios.
Altogether there was 31 reports of the drop side malfunctions and there was six of these reported cased that the infant was trapped between the drop side and the crib mattress. The one child that died from the from entrapment in the drop side of the crib was 6 months old from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There was 36 reports of slats being broken, with 7 reports of children being bruises and scratched, with 2 incidents of entrapment but no injuries.
Here is a list of the Recalled Baby Cribs:
Model Number Front Rail Description
WM1633 Drop side 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry
WM1633-0 Drop side 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (no castors)
WM1676BC Fixed 4-1 Bethany James Crib – Walnut
WM1676BCR-DC Fixed 2-1 Crib – Walnut
WM2163 Fixed 4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut
WM2163DC Fixed 4-1 Crib – Manhattan Walnut
WM1633-0-DC Fixed 3-1 Sleigh Crib (no castors)
GP004B3EGR Drop side 3-1 Convertible – Espresso
GP004B3WGR Drop side 3-1 Convertible – White
GP006BCEGR Drop side Single – Espresso
GP006BCWGR Drop side Single – White
DA1615B3 Drop side 3-1 Convertible Crib – Natural
DAKM5132 Drop side 3-1 Convertible Crib – White
DASE5005 Drop side Cottage Hill Single Crib – White
DASE5009 Drop side Vintage Estate 3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry
DA0504KMC-1N Drop side 3-1 Heritage Crib – Natural
DA0504KMC-1W Drop side 3-1 Heritage Crib – White
DA1614B3 Drop side 3-1 Lexington Crib – Cherry
DAKM5152 Drop side Single Jenny Lind Crib – Walnut
DASE5015 Drop side 3-1 Convertible – Toffee
If you own this crib you should find an alternative safe sleeping arangement for you infant and contact the manufacturer for a Free Replacement Kit to fix the problem with the crib. You can log onto www.dorel-asia.com to order the kit free of charge, and should arrive within the next several weeks. You can also call the manufacturer toll free at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.