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Second Infant Death Prompts Recall Re-announcement of Delta Cribs

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

A second infant death has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a second recall announcement for Delta Enterprise “Safety Peg” Drop-Side cribs.

In 2008 the CPSC issued a recall for 985,000 drop-side cribs saying that some cribs were missing safety pegs, causing possible entrapment and suffocation.

In January of 2011, CPSC learned of a death in which a 7-month old girl became entrapped and suffocated between the detached drop-side and mattress of her recalled crib. The crib was purchased secondhand and re-assembled without safety pegs in the bottom tracks.

Missing safety pegs can create a situation where the crib’s drop-side rail disengages from the track. This can create a hazardous space in which an infant can become entrapped and suffocate.

In 2008, at the time of the original recall, CPSC notified consumers about the death of an 8 month-old girl who became entrapped and suffocated when the drop-side of the crib detached. At that time, there were 9 detachments, and 2 entrapments reported. The crib used was, once again, re-assembled without the safety pegs.

“Buying or accepting cribs second hand can be risky,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Second hand cribs may not come with all of the necessary parts that are needed to make sure your baby is safe. We urge parents and caregivers to use caution and to be aware that new rules established by CPSC will bring safer cribs to the market this summer.”

The recalled cribs were sold at popular retail stores such as Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and December 2005 (through September 2007 for model 4624) for about $100.

You can check for Delta’s brand name, address, and Model number on the mattress support boards, The Delta logo is on the crib’s top “teether” rail.

This announcement includes the following 49 crib models with “Crib Trigger Lock with Safety Peg” drop-side hardware:

•       4320, 4340;

•       4500, 4520, 4530, 4532, 4540, 4542, 4550, 4551, 4580;

•       4600, 4620, 4624 – production dates 01/06 thru 11/07, 4640, 4660, 4720, 4735, 4742, 4750 – production dates 01/95 thru 12/00;

•       4760, 4770, 4780, 4790;

•       4820, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4880, 4890, 4892; and

•       4900, 4910, 4920, 4925-2, 4925-6, 4930, 4940, 4943, 4944, 4947, 4948, 4949, 4950, 4958, 4963, 4968, 4969, 4980.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using cribs that are missing a safety peg on either leg of the drop side and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. Call Delta toll-free at (800) 816-5304 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.cribrecallcenter.com to order the free repair kit.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to find a safe, alternative sleep environment for their child until the repair kit, with new safety pegs, is safely installed on the recalled cribs.

Baby cribs are often handed down from a family member or friend, or picked up at garage sales and second-hand stores. It’s important that caregivers make sure that their crib has the safety pegs in place.

CPSC reminds 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 take effect on June 28, 2011. All cribs manufactured and sold after that date must meet new and improved safety requirements. Older cribs do not meet the new standard and can have a variety of safety problems. Check if your crib has been recalled at www.cpsc.gov

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