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Stork Craft Recalls 535,000 Cribs

Mattress Support Brackets Can Break, Posing Suffocation Risk
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

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Jan. 14, 2009 -- Stork Craft Manufacturing is recalling about 535,000 Stork Craft baby cribs in the U.S. because the mattress support brackets could break, which could entrap and suffocate a baby.

The recall includes all Stork Craft Baby cribs made and distributed between May 2000 and November 2008. Those cribs were sold nationwide at J.C. Penney, Kmart, and Wal-mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, and Walmart.com from May 2000 through January 2009 for between $100 and $400.

If you have one of these cribs, stop using it immediately and find an alternative safe sleeping environment for the baby.

Stork Craft Manufacturing, which is based in British Columbia, Canada, issued the recall because the metal support brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break. When one or more support brackets break, the mattress can collapse and create a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails, in which a child can become entrapped and suffocate.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of 10 incidents in which one or more mattress support brackets broke. In several cases, the crib mattress then collapsed, creating a gap between the mattress and crib rails.

The CPSC received a report of a toddler who sustained bruises to his forehead. In another incident, a child reportedly became entrapped in the gap between the mattress and the drop side rail with no injury.

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 is inscribed on the drop side teething rail of some cribs.

Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free replacement kit with new mattress support brackets. Contact Stork Craft at 866-361-3321 or visit Stork Craft's web site.

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