Dorel Asia SRL in conjunction with the CPSC has now issued a voluntary recall on its cribs with drop side and non-drop sides. It seems that these cribs pose a suffocation and strangulation hazard, so you should stop using them immediately.
The crib maker is to offer a replacement kit that has to be installed, this is all part of the recall agreement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The total number of cribs affected by this latest recall is 635,000; the reason is because the drop-side can fail because it can become detached.
A toddler can become trapped, which could lead to suffocation or strangulation. According to the CPSC a 6-month child lost its life after becoming trapped and strangled due to the drop side failing. According to Dorel Asia, there have been 31 cases of the drop side failing, six children were entrapped; thankfully they only suffered minor bruising.
The Dorel Asia cribs affected by the recall are those sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart from January 2005 through December 2009 and were manufactured in China and Vietnam.
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