Last week, the CPSC announced more drop side crib recalls, this time involving all Graco-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi, about 217,000 units. The CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.
The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.
CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became trapped in the gap created by the detached drop side.
This Graco recall involves LaJobi-manufactured wood cribs. "LaJobi" and the crib model name are printed on a product sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. Affected models are listed below.
Some of the known model names are:
Ashleigh Drop Side, Hampton Drop Side, Jason Convertible Drop Side, Kendal Drop Side, Lauren Drop Side, Rachel Convertible Drop Side, Sarah Drop Side, Shannon Drop Side, Tifton Drop Side
Some of the known model numbers are:
3280142, 3280154, 3280181, 3080136, 3290235, 3290254, 3290281, 3570170, 3570181, 3250235, 3250242, 3250247, 3250254, 3250281, 3250282, 3150281, 3150282, 3300236, 3300281, 3000135, 3000136, 3000142, 3000147, 3000154, 3000181, 3010136, 3010154,3010181, 3090136, 3270136
The recalled products were sold at children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007, to March 2010, for between $140 and $200.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LaJobi toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.LaJobi.com. For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC's Crib Information Center.
The CPSC would like to remind parents and caregivers of important rules for safety when using a drop side crib. Do not use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time 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. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child. Do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.
For the full text of the CPSC recall, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10212.html.
If you would like to report an incident or injury with this product, go to: https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.