Millions of cribs recalled after 4 deaths; federal agency under fire

Hours after a federal agency recalled more than 2 million cribs on the heels of four infant deaths, the agency’s chairman admitted it had dropped the ball on issues around crib safety.

About 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 that bear a Fisher-Price logo, were recalled Tuesday morning after four infants died.

But the concern around these cribs, where the one side drops down to allow parents to more easily pick up babies, are not new. More than 5 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the past five years, and according to the CPSC, there have been 110 incidents involving the Stork brand where the drop-sides have detached, which can trap infants against the crib mattress and cause suffocation.

Appearing on CBS morning news, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said the agency “hasn’t been acting as quickly as it should” on crib safety.

For more information about the recalled products, visit the CPSC web site or call the Stork recall hotline at (877) 274-0277.

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