A massive recall has been made for cribs manufactured by Stork Craft Manufacturing, Inc. of British Columbia, Canada. Approximately 535,000 Stork Craft Baby cribs are affected by this recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing, has announced a voluntary recall of the cribs after it was discovered that the metal support brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break. If one or more support brackets break, the mattress can collapse, which can create a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails. A young child can become entrapped and suffocate.
A press release was sent out by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission with details regarding the recall. There are 10 known incidents in which one or more mattress support brackets broke. In numerous incidents, the mattress collapsed and created a gap between the mattress and crib rails after the support bracket broke. There was one report of an injured toddler who sustained bruises to his forehead and another report of a child who became entrapped in the gap between the mattress and the drop side rail with no injury.
The Stork Craft cribs involved in this recall have manufacturing and distribution dates between May 2000 and November 2008. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The assembly instruction sheet that is attached to the mattress support board has the manufacture date, model number, crib name, county of origin and the firm’s name, address and contact information. The company’s insignia “storkcraft baby” is inscribed on the drop side teething rail of some of the cribs.
Parents and caregivers are urged to stop using the cribs immediately and contact Stork Craft at (866) 361-3321 to receive a free replacement kit with new mattress support brackets. Consumers can also go online at www.storkcraft.com for information.