The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued yet another recall of cribs for safety issues. Five days ago, we saw a recall of about 2,000 cribs by Playkids USA. Today, in one of the biggest crib recalls in US history to date, 1.5 million Delta Enterprise Corp. drop side cribs have also been recalled, after 985,000 cribs were discovered to have been made without safety pegs, and an additional 600,000 cribs were found to have safety peg defects.
The missing safety pegs are a danger because they can cause the crib locks to detach from the crib, resulting in a gap that is an entrapment and suffocation hazard to infants. As of today, two infants have died as a result of the crib defects, and two other infants have been trapped in crib gaps. Nine cribs have come apart due to the missing safety pegs.
The recall of 985,000 Delta cribs includes products manufactured in Taiwan or Indonesia with the "crib trigger lock with safety peg" drop side design, which were sold at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target.com and other stores from January 1995 to September 2007. The recall of 600,000 Delta cribs includes those with the "crib trigger lock with spring peg" drop side design, sold at nationwide stores from January 2000 to January 2007.
If you have a Delta crib, please look on its mattress label immediately for the model number and country of origin to see whether it’s included in the recall. Model numbers subject to the larger recall are: 4320, 4340, 4500, 4520, 4530, 4532, 4540, 4542, 4550, 4551, 4580, 4600, 4620, 4624 (production dates 01/06 thru 11/07), 4640, 4660, 4720, 4735, 4742, 4750 (production dates 01/95 thru 12/00), 4760, 4770, 4780, 4790, 4820, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4880, 4890, 4892, 4900, 4910, 4920, 4925-2, 4925-6, 4930, 4940, 4943, 4944, 4947, 4948, 4949, 4950, 4958, 4963, 4968, 4969, 4980.
Model numbers subject to the smaller recall are: 4340, 4343, 4520, 4600, 4620, 4624, 4625, 4629, 4660, 4665, 4720, 4750, 4751, 4850, 4855, 4857, 4880, 4920, 4925 -2, 4925-2B, 4925-6, 4980, and 8605.
If your crib bears one of the above numbers, please do not use it anymore, and have it replaced right away.
As a general rule, always follow these CPSC tips for crib safety as well:
- Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.
- Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened 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 on its track.
- Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
- Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware or with tape, wire or rope.
- Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make it worse.