According to the Associated Press, the government took the move “after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls.”
This means that beginning in June, all cribs sold in the USA must have static or non-moving side rails. However, manufacturers and retailers have already been phasing out these cribs . . . most major chain stores now only sell static-side cribs.
The law would also ban childcare centers and hotels from using drop-side cribs—however, there is a two-year grace period.
There are millions of drop-side cribs in homes, attics and second-hand stores. Should you junk your drop-side crib and get a new one? Yes, we believe that would be the safest course. Even if you check the hardware, it is still possible for the hardware to fail or for the crib to be mis-assembled.
November 22, 2010
RECALL: Bassettbaby Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs||Washington, DC 20207|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2010
|Firm’s Contact Number: (800) 308-7485
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Bassettbaby Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware
Units: About 90,000
Manufacturer: Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., of Bassett, Va.
Hazard: The cribs’ drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. When a drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child also can fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to incorrect assembly and age-related wear and tear.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm and CPSC are aware of 18 reported incidents in which drop-sides malfunctioned or detached from the crib. No injuries were reported. In one of the incidents a child became entrapped between the mattress and the drop-side. In three of the incidents children fell out of the cribs. The firm also has received 154 reports of drop-side hardware breaking during shipment, assembly or use.
Description: The recalled cribs are wood with a metal mattress support and have a drop side with external plastic hardware. The cribs were sold in a variety of finishes. A label is attached to the footboard or headboard with the names “Bassettbaby” or “Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.” as well as the model number, production date and other information. On some older models the manufacturer’s name appears on a separate label.
Note: This recall does not include non drop-side cribs.
Sold at: Children’s product stores, and other retailers nationwide and on-line from January 2000 through August 2010 for between about $200 and $500.
Manufactured in: China, Croatia, Slovenia, Taiwan and Vietnam
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drop-side cribs and contact Bassettbaby for a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child’s age.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bassettbaby at (800) 308-7485 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website atwww.bassettbaby.com
Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for parts separating that can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have a variety of safety problems. Check if your crib has been recalled at www.cpsc.gov
Close-up of External Plastic Hardware
MODELS INCLUDED IN RECALL TO REPAIR
|Style Number||Product Description|
|5092-0604||Mission Bay Single|
|5592-0604||Mission Bay Single|
|5892-0604||Mission Bay Single|
|5992-0604||Mission Bay Single|
|5093-0604||Cape Cod Single|
|5093-0621||Cape Cod 4 N 1|
|5593-0604||Cape Cod Single|
|5593-0621||Cape Cod 4 N 1|
|5893-0604||Cape Cod Single|
|5893-0621||Cape Cod 4 N 1|
|5993-0604||Cape Cod Single|
|5993-0621||Cape Cod 4 N 1|
|5693-0621||Cape Cod 4 N 1|
|5919-0620||Bel-Aire 3 N 1|
|5100-0522||Terrace Park 3 N 1|
|5026-0620||Parson Ridge 4 N 1|
|5026-0504||Parson Ridge Single|
|5062-0620||Shenandoah 4 N 1|
|5862-0620||Shenandoah 4 N 1|
|5089-0504||Chimney Corners Single|
|5446-0504||Hidden Hills Single|
|5935-0521||New Haven 3 N 1|
|5936-0521||New Haven 3 N 1|
|5405-0620||Richmond Park 3 N 1|
|5665-0621||Timber Creek 4 N 1|
|5665-0621F||Timber Creek 4 N 1|
|5665-0621S||Timber Creek 4 N 1|
|5666-0621||Timber Creek 4 N 1|
|5666-0621S||Timber Creek 4 N 1|
|5860-0620||Cottage 3 N 1|
|5104-0514||Lake Wood Single|
|5401-0504||Lake Wood Single|
|5871-0621||Winsor 4 N 1|
|5871-0621W||Winsor 4 N 1|
|5714-0504||English Manor Single|
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
November 11, 2010
The phone number we have listed in our book for Young America by Stanley has changed. It is now 276-627-2000.
And just to clarify, all Young America by Stanley furniture and cribs is made in the USA (in North Carolina). We updated Young America’s review in the 8.1 version book to indicate this change in production, but the chart on page 95 incorrectly lists the cribs as still being made in China.