The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled two
more brands of drop-side cribs, adding to the more than 5 million
cribs already recalled this year. An 8-month-old child in Houston
died after becoming entrapped and suffocated in a Simplicity
drop-side crib. Several children also became entrapped when
attachments from the drop-side broke or detached.
LaJobi drop-side cribs were also recalled after 33 reports of
drop-side detachment. When the drop-side detaches, it creates a gap
between the drop-side and the crib mattress in which infants and
toddlers can become entrapped and suffocate or fall.
If your child is using these or any other recalled drop-side
crib, CPSC urges parents to stop using the crib immediately and
find an alternative, safe sleeping environment. LaJobi will send
technicians to the home to repair the hardware; contact them at
(866) 688-9009. Simplicity cribs should be immediately returned to
the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.
Play yards also can pose a hazard to young children. More than
one million Kolcraft play yards were recalled last month because
the side rail can fail to latch properly. Kolcraft has received 347
reports of the sides of the play yards collapsing unexpectedly-21
children have been injured. This recall involves the Kolcraft
Travelin' Tot play yards, as well as other similar play yards
manufactured for Carter's, Sesame Street, Jeep, Countours, Care
Bears and Eric Carle. Some of the units have a bassinet and/or
changing table. For more information, called Kolcraft at (866)
594-4209 or visit its Web site at www.kolcraft.com.
The CPSC also recalled about 4 million inflatable baby floats
after numerous children fell into the water when the leg slots
tore. The baby floats, manufactured by Aqua-Leisure Industries,
were sold in a variety of styles and colors at stores nationwide.
For additional information, contact Aqua-Leisure at (866) 807-3998
For more information on recalls, visit www.cpsc.gov.
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