Parents are urged to be extra cautious putting their infants to bed after a Canadian company voluntarily recalled more than two million drop side cribs — the largest ever recall of its kind.
British Columbia-based Stork Craft sold nearly one million of the affected cribs in Canada, and several thousands of them carry the Fisher Price logo.
Health Canada is expected to comment on the recall Tuesday.
Several hundred incidents of problems with the plastic hardware have been reported in both Canada and the United States in which the drop side has detached from the crib. The malfunction caused three entrapments in Canada and 12 in the United States.
Four of those incidents resulted in the suffocation of kids in the U.S.
Stork Craft cribs made between January 1993 and October 2009 are included in the massive recall.
Parents who have these cribs are advised to stop using them immediately.
If you have an affected model you can contact the store you purchased it from.
You can also contact the company at 1-877-274-0277 to receive a free repair kit, although that number has been overwhelmed by concerned parents.
The company’s blog is now active.
Stork Craft recalled nearly half a million cribs last January due to problems with the mattress support bracket. And the same company voluntarily recalled another crib in May 2006 due to openings in the spindles that posed a strangulation threat.
On Tuesday Inez Tenenbaum, the head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, admitted her agency hasn’t dealt with crib safety issues as quickly as it should have.
She’s advising parents to stop using drop side cribs altogether or order kits from manufacturers to immobilize the crib side.