2.1 million cribs have been recalled by Stork Craft Manufacturing due to defective hardware that may cause entrapment, suffocation, and falls. The faulty parts on the cribs may cause their drop-side to disengage from the rest of the crib and trap minors, causing considerable injury or death.
Trying to resolve the problem, Stork Craft has issued kits that convert the faulty drop sides into fixed sides. Parents have been warned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission not to use this product until the kits have been installed or to use a different product for their children to sleep. According to the CPSC, Health Canada and the manufacturer, out of 110 accidents where the side has detached, 15 resulted in entrapment of the child with four of them causing the death of the infant. Additionally, 20 falls have been caused by the defective product.
The recalled Stork Craft cribs contain plastic trigger and one-hand drop-side hardware. Drop-side cribs with metal rods are not subject to the recall. Stork Craft manufactured the defective cribs between October 1997 and December 2004 and sold them under both Stork Craft and Fisher-Price labels. Many retailers sold these cribs, including:
- BJ's Wholesale Club
- J.C. Penney
- USA Baby
- Walmart and Walmart.com
The Stork Craft recall said to be the largest crib recall in history, is eerily reminiscent of another crib recall involving over 1 million Simplicity cribs in 2007. The Simplicity cribs, like the Stork Craft cribs, had plastic hardware and were prone to upside-down drop-side installation. The Simplicity crib defects resulted in three known deaths and multiple lawsuits.
If you believe that you have a crib subject to one of the above-referenced recalls, please contact the manufacturer, retailer, distributor or CPSC immediately to receive the proper information regarding repairing the defect. If you or your child has been injured by a faulty or defective crib, you should contact an experienced personal injury and product liability attorney to determine if you have a case.