Stork Craft cribs (some with Fisher-Price logo) being recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the brand of cribs being recalled tonight. They are recalling more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing, the biggest crib recall in U.S history, following reports of four infant suffocations. Nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.

Here is the full story from The Associated Press:

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – More than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing are being recalled, the biggest crib recall in U.S history, following reports of four infant suffocations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said late Monday the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based. Sales of the cribs being recalled go back to 1993.

Nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.

The CPSC said it is aware of four infants who suffocated in the drop-side cribs, which have a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily. The agency also said there have been 110 incidents of drop-sides detaching from the cribs.

The Stork Craft cribs have had problems with their hardware, which can break, deform or become missing after years. CPSC said there can also be problems with assembly mistakes by the crib owner. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a dangerous space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can become trapped.

The commission is urging parents to stop using the cribs until receiving a free repair kit from Stork Craft. The kit will convert the drop-side into a fixed side.

The cribs, which were manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009, were sold at major retailers including BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sears and Wal-Mart stores and online through Target and Costco. They sold for between $100 and $400, and were made in Canada, China and Indonesia.

Calls to Stork Craft were not immediately returned.

This is the second big recall this year for the company. It recalled about 500,000 cribs in January because of problems with the metal brackets that support the mattress. Some of the same models in the earlier recall were also part of Monday’s announcement, CPSC said.

Consumer advocates have complained for years about drop-side cribs. More than 5 million of them have been recalled over the past two years alone — recalls that were associated with the deaths of a dozen young children.

ASTM International, an organization that sets voluntary industry safety standards for everything from toys to the steel used in commercial buildings, approved a new standard last week that requires four immovable, or fixed, sides for full-size cribs — essentially eliminating the manufacture of drop-side cribs.

CPSC is also considering new rules for making cribs safer and could adopt the ASTM voluntary standard as a mandatory one, outright banning the cribs.

Nancy Cowles, executive director of Chicago-based Kids In Danger, said the agency must include more rigorous testing for crib durability. “Parents should be able to trust that their child is safe in their crib,” said Cowles.

Toys”R”Us started phasing out drop-side cribs earlier this year and will no longer carry them next month.

In the Stork Craft recall, the manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs.

Consumers can contact the company, 877-274-0277, to order the free repair kit, or log on to http://www.storkcraft.com.

14 comments Add your comment

penguinmom

November 24th, 2009
2:10 am

Without a drop side, I don’t think I would have been able to reach my child to lay them down or pick them up once the mattress was lowered down. I am 5′2″ but I would have ended up having to drop my sleeping child about a foot down to the mattress. Standing on a stepstool to lean over the edge and pick up a baby is not the safest thing either. But that is what I would have had to do if we didn’t have a drop side.

It appears that the main problems was consumer assembly mistakes and cheap hardware. It seems like there would be a way to fix those problems without eliminating drop sides all together.

While I feel horrible for those 4 sets of parents, that seems like a pretty small percentage compared to the millions of babies who have slept in those cribs. And the 110 other incidents still seems like a fairly small percentage when you take into account how many times a day the crib side goes up and down.

It makes me wish we hadn’t given our crib away so that we would have it available when we have grandchildren years from now.

Imagine

November 24th, 2009
7:17 am

Cheap cribs, bought from cheap stores, made from countries that pay workers a dollar an hour.

Imagine – they don’t work!

You get what you pay for.

David

November 24th, 2009
7:20 am

@ penguinmom: Would you feel differently about that percentage if your child had been one of them?

And the 110 incidents – that’s just the people that reported that the side fell down. I’m sure most people don’t report it if the child doesn’t fall out.

madmommy

November 24th, 2009
7:37 am

While I am of normal height, I can see how someone who is much shorter could have an issue of using a crib without drop sides. Our crib had one, but I never used it. Guess I just never saw the need to use it to be honest. I feel for the families and I worry about all the babies sleeping in these cribs, but if your not sure how to put something together ask a friend or hire a handyman to do it. It might cost more down the road, but when it comes to safety you shouldn’t be looking at things in dollars and cents.

Christina

November 24th, 2009
7:53 am

Our son’s crib does not have a drop side. I’m 5′4″ and there were times right after we lowered the mattress to its lowest level, when I did feel like I really had to reach. But honestly, it was fine. Some of the baby item guides I read highly recommended getting a drop-side crib, but the particular style we liked had a stationary side; that was really what it came down to. I don’t feel inconvenienced at all by the fact that I sometimes had to stand on my toes and reach down to the mattress.

Until recently, my in-laws were borrowing an old drop-side crib from my husband’s grandmother. The crib is probably 50 years old. They didn’t want to buy one for their house, so they used it instead, for the times he stayed with them. The thing looked like a death trap: thin rails that are too far apart, etc. It made me nervous every time he laid in it. We convinced them he’d outgrown that crib (he’s 18 mo), so it has gone back to great-grandma’s house now. I pray they don’t resurrect it when we have another little one. The thing freaks me out but I don’t want to hurt my in-laws’ feelings.

With all do respect to penguinmom, I’m glad you got rid of your crib. I am a firm believer that some things shouldn’t be handed down – at least not through generations. We may be more sensitive to safety precautions now, but some of these safety measures have resulted in lower infant death rates and longer life expectancy.

FCM

November 24th, 2009
8:28 am

We had the Jenny Lind in white. A gift from a friend when she no longer needed it and we did. As I recall it did have a drop down side. I don’t recall every using it once the baby could roll over. Prior to that, I left it down (no bassinet) so it was easy to get the baby in and out. Course I am 5′6″ so I never saw the distance as an issue. By the time we dropped the mattress down the baby was sitting up and so she would reach for me when I came to get her. By 12-16 months she was climbing out of the crib so we just took it down.

I am surprised we are having this discussion again today since we had the recall discussion yesterday. More folks will be travelling today…couldn’t we have done Thanksgiving memories like the one you shared last year?

David

November 24th, 2009
10:10 am

FCM – the actual facts and names of the recalled cribs came out today – they weren’t known yesterday. So I think it’s important that this is followed up today. I think trying to save even one infant’s life is more important that talking about memories.

Maybe the memory talk can be for tomorrow.

FCM

November 24th, 2009
10:33 am

David children’s lives are important. For any family to suffer a loss of a child is horrible. The AJC has already published the recall on it’s front page, the news outlets are espousing it — as they should. However, I do not think debating the merits of the recall or what is recalled will save lives.

penguinmom

November 24th, 2009
12:00 pm

David,
no actually I don’t think I would feel any differently about the percentages. I had a close friend whose 2-yr-old drowned in a neighbor’s pool. It was a horrible accident but I didn’t think that anything different legally should be done.

I believe that we have lost some sense of personal responsibility. It’s always the manufacturer’s fault or the government’s fault. Sometimes, it’s your own fault. And for the rest of the country to have to make adjustments for the few who can’t or don’t follow the rules or obvious safety precautions seems absurd. Manufacturer’s should be held responsible for obvious defects but not for consumer incompetence.

If I assembled something incorrectly and something horrible happened to my child, I would obviously start off angry and looking for a way to not blame myself but in the end, it’s my responsibility and I would take it.

FCM

November 24th, 2009
4:49 pm

Ok the account in me had to do the math: the odds of your child getting killed (based on 4 deaths and the number of cribs in the recall) is 0.000003333.

The chance of your child getting hurt (based on 110 reports and number of cribs recalled) is 0.000091667.

When you consider these cribs were manufactured over 16 years the over all chances should go down more.

This recall business and blaming manufactureres is getting wildly out of hand. My heart goes out to the families who lost children or who’s children were seriously injured. However there used to be something called contributory negligence and that seems to be more likely as to what caused the issue than manufacturing defects.

Audrey

November 25th, 2009
8:23 am

FCM is just a cold hearted *****.

WOW.

FCM

November 25th, 2009
11:02 am

Could be I am cold hearted. OR It could be that I was providing some statistics. Statistically speaking the crib is safe. It could also be that I have some insight that legal cases, as to whom is responsible, are based on things like facts and statistics not on emotion. Either way I can live with it.

The funny part was I told a co-worker about the stats and she said “so then why are we recalling it.” Then when told that I said perhaps families had some contibutory negligence she said that might be cold. Perhaps that is why so many people want in front of a jury where emotions CAN play a part in the judicial process.

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Coya

June 22nd, 2010
11:05 am

Storkcraft is a horrible company that sells horrible products. DO NOT BUY FROM THEM!!!