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24,000 Cribs Recalled for Fall Risk

Munire Furniture Recalls 24,000 Cribs; Government Issues Crib Safety Tips for All Parents and Caregivers
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Feb. 29, 2008 -- Do you have a crib at home? Check it to see if it's subject to a new crib recall, and to make sure it's set up for infant safety.

The new crib recall, issued by Munire Furniture, includes about 24,000 of the following wooden cribs made between Nov. 1, 2005, and Nov. 1, 2007:

  • Majestic Curved Top cribs with model number 9500
  • Majestic Flat Top cribs with model number 9000
  • Essex cribs with model number 7100
  • Brighton/Sussex cribs with model number 9100
  • Captiva cribs with model number 5100

The model number is printed on a white label on the bottom inside of the right rail. The crib manufacture date is printed on either the white label near the model number or on the white label located on the bottom of the headboard.

Cribs with a green sticker on the mattress frame aren't included in the recall.

The recalled cribs don't meet federal safety standards. The four support brackets on the mattress support spring are too long, preventing the spring from lowering to its lowest position. Kids in the cribs may crawl over the railing, posing a fall hazard. No injuries have been reported, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The cribs were sold at specialty juvenile product stores nationwide from November 2005 through November 2007 for $400 to $600.

Stop using the recalled cribs and contact Munire Furniture to receive replacement spring brackets. Call Munire Furniture at 866-586-9639 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. or visit the recall information section of Munire's web site.

Crib Safety Tips

The CPSC reports that there were 241 deaths associated with nursery products from 2002 to 2004 among children younger than 5.

Those deaths include 97 crib-related deaths, about half of which -- 47% -- happened when babies suffocated in soft bedding or underneath a sibling sharing their crib.

Many injuries and deaths associated with nursery products weren't caused by those products, notes the CPSC, which provides the following tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Always put babies to sleep on their back in a crib that meets current safety standards.
  • Never use a pillow as a mattress for a baby to sleep on or to prop up the baby's head or neck.
  • Don't use old, broken, or modified cribs.
  • Regularly tighten hardware to keep cribs' sides firm.
  • Never allow a gap larger than two fingers at any point between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
  • Set up play yards according to manufacturers' directions. Only use the mattress provided with the play yard.
  • Don't add extra mattresses, pillows, or cushions to the play yard.
  • Routinely check nursery products against CPSC recall lists and remove recalled products from your home.
  • To sign up for automatic email notifications about recalls, visit the CPSC's web site.

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