Deaths spark crib recall: CSPC says to stop using Generation 2 and ChildESIGNS cribs

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a crib recall and warning anyone with Generation 2 Worldwide or "ChildESIGNS" drop side cribs to stop using them following reports of the deaths of three babies. At least a half million of the cribs are believed to have been sold by the now defunct company.

"Infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and suffocation hazards presented by the cribs," the CPSC said in a written statement. "CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby."
Plastic hardware on the cribs can break, causing the drop-side to detach and leaving a gap that can trap a young child. When infants or toddlers get stuck in a gap between the side of the crib and the mattress they can suffocate or strangle.Parents are urged to not even try to fix these cribs.

Crib recalls have accelerated in recent years as evidence has mounted that drop-side cribs can pose serious danger to infants, particularly as the hardware ages. See our exclusive list of the 10 biggest crib recalls here.

Three deaths in the Generation 2 Worldwide and "ChildESIGNS" cribs were reported to the CPSC:
  • an 8 month old from Newark, Ohio suffocated in July 2007
  • an 8 month old from Richmond, Ind., suffocated in October 2003
  • a 6 month old from Staunton, Va., suffocated in September 2002
There was no immediate word why there is such a wide gap between the dates of the deaths in the CPSC announcement.

The safety agency said it had also heard of 20 other incidents, including 12 with the drop-side detaching, resulting in two children becoming trapped and five falling out of the cribs. One of those children suffered a broken arm.

On top of the drop side issues, eight more incidents were reported involving the mattresses detaching.

The cribs, believed to have been made in China as well as in Alabama, sold for $60 to $160 at local furniture stores nationwide as well as at the retailers Buy Buy Baby, and Kmart and Walmart.

If you have one of these cribs, stop using it immediately and return it to the store where purchased for either a refund, replacement crib or a store credit -- at the discretion of the retailer. If you have a problem returning one of the cribs, contact the CPSC.

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