It’s the second major crib recall in three weeks and the third in three months. More than 500,000 drop-side cribs are being recalled because of the deaths of three infants and injuries to several others, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced. The Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS cribs were sold at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Buy Buy Baby and other stores. The manufacturer of the Generations 2 Worldwide is now a defunct company. The crib manufacturer went out of business in 2005.
The CPSC noted two defects that can cause gaps that might trap children, causing them to suffocate or strangle. Plastic hardware can break, causing the side to detach and drop, and mattress supports can break away from the frames. The agency warns parents not to fix the problems but to contact the store where the crib was bought.
The crib is causes can harm an infant because the drop side wall of the crib can become loose, which will potentially trap the infant. The mattress support frames on the crib have also been shown to be able to break away from the rest of the crib, which could cause injury.
More than two years after his 8-month-old son died in a faulty crib, Newark resident Kenneth Grove said he’s glad more drop-side cribs are being recalled. On July 4, 2007, Isaac Grove was found dead after he had rolled in between the drop side of the crib and his mattress on the first block of Simms Avenue, said Dr. Jeff Lee, Licking County deputy coroner and chief forensic pathologist. Isaac Grove’s chest was squeezed and the infant suffocated within minutes, Lee said.