Jardine Enterprises Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan has recalled about 11,400 Alexander Designs Ltd. brand drop-side cribs. The cribs were distributed by J.C. Penney of Plano, Texas. The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib. Drop-side rail failures also can occur due to incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear. Other models of Jardine drop-side cribs were recalled for repair on June 24, 2010.
The CPSC has received two reports of incidents involving drop-side malfunctions on Alexander Designs drop-side cribs. According to the CPSC, no injuries have been reported. This recall involves full-size cribs sold under the Alexander Designs brand name. “Alexander Designs Ltd.” and the JCPenney catalog/item number are printed on a label on the crib’s headboard.
Consumers should immediately stop using the cribs and obtain a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for their child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child’s age. For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 295-1980 anytime or visit the company’s website at http://www.jdservice.biz/jcp-safety-notice.
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