For the third time, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled cribs that were manufactured by Jardine Enterprises due to slats that break. This time, about 96,000 cribs were added to the tally of those that could strangle or trap a baby. This action brings the number of recalled Jardine cribs, which are largely sold in Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us, to more than 472,000. The CPSC has announced it received thirty-one reports of slats breaking, including two that said children were trapped in the gap created by the broken slats.
This type of gap is considered one of the most dangerous hazards a baby product can have, because babies’ bodies can slip through the gaps, while their heads get caught. This may lead to a baby being hanged to death or dying of strangulation. Consumers told the CPSC that in ten cases the children broke the slats while they were still in the cribs; one child received bumps and bruises.
Those consumers that purchased a recalled crib can receive credit towards the purchase of a new crib. For a list of the recalled cribs, please go to www.cpsc.gov . For additional information, you may also contact Jardine at (800) 646-4106 from 7 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Monday-Friday.