First published: November 25, 2009 in ParentingLast Updated: November 25, 2009 3:31 pm Tough to read? Print this! Email This
As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Tuesday the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the largest ever crib recall.
Over 2 million Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. cribs made from 1993 to October 2009 were recalled, including about 147,000 with a Fischer Price logo.
These cribs were recalled due to the plastic hardware on the drop side cribs can break, deform or parts can become missing. This has lead to over 100 incidents including 4 infant deaths.
When one of these plastic hinges breaks, it causes a gap between the mattress and the railing. Infants have been getting stuck in the gap, and either getting injured or in the most extreme cases, dying.
Stork Craft representatives have been interviewed and are standing by their product claiming they are safe.
I beg to differ. When children are dying and their safety is in question, I would not dub that product safe!
I have one of these recalled cribs, as do most parents I would assume. I tried to get through to the 877 number provided to order a repair kit, I could not get through. I tried to get on the Stork Craft website, but could not get on.
This is due to the fact that this is a worldwide recall I’m sure… but what am I left to do? It is advised that you stop using these cribs immediately, until you get the repair kit.
Call me paranoid, but I’m going out and getting a new crib – that is not a Stork Craft product!
This is the second recall in the last 6 months and I’m just not willing to take the chance with my son. Better safe than sorry I’d say!
Note: Here are a few links to resources about the StorkCraft Crib Recall:
This is a statement for StorkCraft:
“In the majority of incidents, the cribs were being used with broken parts, parts with pieces missing, parts that were damaged or with modified or homemade parts,” the firm said in a statement.
“In some incidents, the crib was in a state of significant disrepair. In other cases, the consumer had installed the drop-side rail upside down — contrary to the instructions that are glued to the mattress base of each crib. This causes extraordinary stress on the plastic parts that could result in breakage.”
Lame. Lame. Lame.
Parents be very aware that your child is potentially in danger and either secure or get rid of your StorkCraft crib today!