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Alert – Delta Crib Recall – Design Creates Risk Of Infant Death

Two infant deaths have prompted a massive crib recall. The recall of cribs made by Delta Enterprises is being called the largest crib recall in U.S. history. The cribs pose an entrapment and suffocation hazard to infants. For more information, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

China has had more than its share of dangerous, defective products making news lately. Now dangerous, defective Chinese-made cribs are said to pose the risk of entrapment and strangulation which can lead to infant brain damage or death. Already at least two infant deaths are being attributed to the recalled cribs so far.

New York-based Delta Enterprises recalled almost 1.6 million cribs manufactured in China, Indonesia and Taiwan after it said two babies died. No other details were made available.

Following the announcement by Delta Enterprise Corp. that it was issuing a massive crib recall following the deaths of two infants, the CPSC is considering changing its rules covering crib defects. According to an agency spokesperson, the CPSC was prompted to consider rule changes after its Early Warning System identified issues with the durability of cribs, especially those with drop sides that can disengage and lead to entrapment and strangulation hazards.

The crib recall is one of the largest ever initiated in the U.S. and follows another recall of 2,000 Chinese-made portable cribs which was issued by the CPSC just last week. Those cribs made by Playkids USA of Brooklyn, New York were recalled following the death of a 5-month-old infant. The baby died due to suffocation in August after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the drop side rail of the convertible crib.

This latest recall comes about a year after a massive recall of Mattel toys manufactured in China which were tainted with lead.

More recently, milk contaminated with melamine killed at least four children and prompted Chinese-made products to be pulled from shelves around the world. Tens of thousands of children fell ill with kidney stones.

In August, defective Simplicity bassinets were also recalled after they were implicated in the deaths of two children.

Prior to the August recall of dangerous bassinets, Simplicity recalled 1 million cribs in September 2007. Until this announcement by Delta, last year’s Simplicity recall was the largest crib recall in US history.

All of these crib/bassinet/play pen recalls have involved defective hardware. Cribs with drop sides are the type most likely to experience hardware problems according to the CPSC. This is because they contain more moving parts and have more non-rigid connections than cribs without drop sides. In many cases the drop side corners disengage from the tracks located on the crib ends, or safety stops become nonfunctional permitting the drop side to detach from the crib. These defects are often difficult, if not impossible for parents or caregivers to detect and can become worse when the baby pushes or leans against the side of the crib.

While the CPSC is considering rule changes to strengthen its Early Warning System in an effort to prevent future entrapment and strangulation to children it is advising parents of the following steps they can take to ensure the safety of their children:

1. Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.
2. Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened to keep the crib sturdy.
3. 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.
4. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
5. Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware or with tape, wire or rope.
6. Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make it worse.

The Miami personal injury lawyers at our law firm are experienced in handling all types of product defect cases including dangerous or defective cribs. If your child has suffered harm because of a defective or dangerous crib anywhere in Florida, contact a Florida product liability lawyer today for a free, no obligation consultation about your legal rights.