Two widely used children products have been recalled. If you have them, stop using them and get repair kits.
First are cribs made by Dorel Asia SLR. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is announcing a voluntary recall to replace 635,000 drop side and non-drop side cribs that pose suffocation and strangulation hazards to infants and toddlers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs until replacement kits are obtained and installed. The drop-side hardware on the cribs can fail, causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the side detaches, it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. CPSC and Dorel Asia received a report of the death of a 6-month-old from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop-side hardware broke.
For a list of cribs included plese click HERE . The cribs were sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700. To see whether your crib is on the recall list, look for the model number on a bottom rail of the crib. Photos of the cribs along with their model numbers are posted above.
Parents and caregivers, you should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative safe sleeping environment for your child. Contact Dorel Asia for a free replacement kit through its Web site at www.dorel-asia.com or by calling the company at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
In addition, CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with duct tape, wire or rope.
Secondly, Graco Children’s Products is recalling 1.5 million Passage, Alano and Spree strollers. Some styles of the products have hinges on the canopy that could cut and/or amputate a child’s fingertip when the canopy is opened or closed.
Graco has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations.
Graco manufactured two different styles of hinge mechanisms for the stroller models click HERE to see the list of models. The model number is located on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels.
The strollers were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009 for between $80 and $90 for the strollers and between $150 and $200 for the travel systems.
Parents and caregivers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and should contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 or through the firm’s Web site (http://www.gracobaby.com) to receive a free protective cover repair kit.