635,000 cribs recalled for risk to infants

By Blake Ellis, contributing writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- About 635,000 cribs sold at major discounters nationwide have been recalled by Dorel Asia SRL for strangulation and suffocation hazards that killed one child and injured 10 others, the government said Tuesday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the hardware holding up the side of the crib can fail, causing the drop side of the crib to detach, which could trap and suffocate a child.

dorel_asia_cribs.03.jpg
About 635,000 Dorel Asia stationary and drop-side cribs are affected by the recall.

The drop side is "the side of the crib that caregivers can move up and down to get a child in or out of the crib," said Kim Dulic, a spokeswoman for the CPSC.

"When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle," the organization said in the statement.

Infants are also at risk of entrapment and possible strangulation if a slat on the crib is damaged, which can occur when the crib is in use, in storage, during shipping and handling and while putting the crib together or taking it apart.

CPSC and Dorel Asia have received 31 reports of sides detaching from cribs, resulting in the death of a 6-month child who was trapped and strangled in a Dorel crib, and three children were injured.

In a separate statement issued late Tuesday, Dorel said the circumstances of the infant's death were "highly unusual." The parents were arrested for "child endangerment with death" after trying to hold their broken crib together with duct tape, the company said.

There have also been 36 reports of slats breaking, which resulted in the bruising and scratching of seven children, according to the CPSC. The slats problem affects both drop-side and stationary cribs.

The recalled Dorel Asia cribs were carried at K-Mart, Sears (SHLD, Fortune 500) and Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) stores nationwide from January 2005 to December 2009, and cost between $120 and $700 apiece.

Owners should immediately stop using the cribs. Repair kits will be provided in February and, depending on the crib model, the kits will include two to four new sides as well as hardware to immobilize the drop side of the crib.

Consumers with questions can contact Dorel Asia at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site at www.dorel-asia.com. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,440.00 15.15 0.09%
Nasdaq 4,102.02 15.79 0.39%
S&P 500 1,866.72 4.41 0.24%
Treasuries 2.71 0.07 2.77%
Data as of 1:17pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 16.19 0.06 0.37%
Facebook Inc 59.53 -0.19 -0.32%
General Electric Co 26.71 0.59 2.27%
Cisco Systems Inc 23.14 0.11 0.48%
Micron Technology In... 23.64 1.16 5.18%
Data as of 1:02pm ET
Sponsors

Sections

Obama's proposed budget would raise $1.4 trillion more revenue and increase noninterest spending by $446 billion more than current policies, the CBO said in a new analysis. More

Schwinn, Trek and Cannondale are all iconic American bicycle brands. But none of them are made in the United States. More

As Detroit moves closer to reaching a bankruptcy deal, retired civilian workers are poised to be left worse off than firemen and police officers. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.