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U.S. warns consumers of unsafe cribs

by Matt Rosenberg May 25th, 2011

SUMMARY: A U.S. government agency yesterday issued a warning to purchasers of about 22,000 Chinese-made Dram On Me brand drop-side and portable drop-side cribs sold nationwide at major U.S. retailers and online. Consumers should stop using the products right away because of safety hazards including possible strangulation or suffocation. Free repair kits or replacements will be made available by Dream On Me in July.

BACKGROUND: The recall notice for the Dream On Me cribs is found at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s frequently updated online database of product recall notices and product safety alerts. The database can be searched by date, product type, company, and other criteria. Each alert or notice explains the problem, a remedy; and approximately how many units of the product were sold, in what U.S. states and through which retailers. Many of the alerts include pictures of the products, and some also include links to videos.

KEY LINK: “Dream On Me Recalls Drop-Side Cribs Due To Entrapment, Suffocation, Laceration, Fall Hazards,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, May 24, 2011

KEY FINDINGS:

  • About 22,000 Dream On Me brand Chinese-made full size and portable cribs sold nationwide at Toys R Us, Walmart, Target and via Amazon.com are being recalled by the manufacturer and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Consumers should stop using these products immediately, until corrective kits or replacement models are made available by Dream On Me in July.
  • On the full size cribs, sold from January 2006 to December 2009 for about $200, the drop-side rail hardware may break or malfunction, so that it partially detaches. This can create a dangerous space between the drop side and the mattress where an infant or toddler can become trapped, leading to possible strangulation or suffocation. On the portable cribs, sold from September 2007 to December 2009 for about $150, hardware failure can cause the drop side to fully detach or fall unexpectedly, creating a risk of injury to limbs and of falling. CPSC and the company know of 69 incidents involving malfunctions of the cribs. None have been fatal.
  • Consumers who may have purchased one of these products should contact Dream On Me toll-free at 877-201-4317 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or go the firm’s Web site. Owners of full-size cribs will be able to get a free kit that immobilizes the drop side, available on June 30, 2011. owners of the portable cribs can get free replacement models, available in mid-July, 2011.

Matt Rosenberg is founder and editor of Public Data Ferret, a project of the non-profit Public Eye Northwest.

Recalled Dream On Me brand full size drop-side crib/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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