According to CNN, the CSPC issued a recall of 635,000 cribs manufactured by Dorel Asia, due to reports of 10 injuries and one death. According to the CSPC, they issued a recall because the “drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling.”
Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Sears stores sold the recalled cribs from January 2005 to December 2009. The CPSC is requesting that owners of these cribs stop using the cribs immediately. Repair kits will be available from Dorel Asia starting sometime in February. The repair kit will include new sides for the crib, as well as hardware to prevent the use of the drop side feature. The CPSC website has a listing of specific crib model names and model numbers included in the recall.