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Drop-Sided Cribs: 22,000 Dream on Me Cribs Manufactured in China Recalled

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that it is recalling 22,000 full size and portable drop-side cribs, manufactured in China, and imported by Dream on Me, Inc., of Piscataway, New Jersey, from the marketplace due to the fact that the hardware in both the full size and the portable cribs can break or fail and cause entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and falls.

There have been 69 reports of incidents and injuries, most of which appear to be minor injuries, but when the hardware fails and if the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress where an infant or toddler can become entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. In the case of the portable crib, when the hardware fails, the drop side can detach from the crib or fall unexpectedly causing injury to a child. In addition, with the portable crib, the mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can break easily, and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the cribs.

The Dream on Me full size cribs are drop-side wooden cribs, painted or stained in black, cherry, dark brown, natural, white, and pink. "Dream on Me Inc." with the model number is printed on a label located on the inside of one of the end panels. The model numbers of the full size cribs included in this recall are: Models 613, 615, 616, 617, 619, 628, and 639. The full size cribs were manufactured between 2006 and 2009.

The Dream on Me portable cribs are smaller than the full-size cribs. The ends of the portable cribs fold inward to facilitate carrying the crib from place to place. The model numbers involved in the recall are: 621, 625 and 627. The model number and "Dream on Me Inc." are also printed on a label located on the mattress board. The cribs were manufactured between August 2007 and February 2009.

Both cribs were manufactured in China and were sold at Toys R Us, Walmart and Target stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com for from $150 (portable)-$200 (full size) from January 2006-December 2009.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and note that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Consumers may contact the firm toll-free at (877) 201-4317 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.dreamonme.com for additional information.

The CPSC has also put out an additional reminder to parents “not to 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. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for parts separating that can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you do not use a crib that is older than 10 years old.”

New, mandatory federal crib rules are to take effect on June 28, 2011. Cribs manufactured and sold after that date have to meet new and improved safety requirements. Older cribs do not meet the new standards and may have safety problems. A lot of cribs have been recalled in the past two years, so parents, please check to learn whether your crib has been recalled at www.cpsc.gov.