Cribs Recalled For Entrapment Dangers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a defective product recall for 12,000 DaVinci cribs manufactured by Bexco.
According to a report on Consumerist.com, the recall was issued after 10 reports in which a metal bracket that connects the mattress support and the crib broke.
When that happens, it can create an uneven sleeping surface or gap, which could lead to the infant getting tapped in the crib, falling or suffering lacerations from the broken bracket.
Bexco reports that so far no injuries or fatalities have been linked to this issue.
The recall covers the Reagan, Emily, Jamie and Jenny Lind crib models that were sold for between $150 and $250 at Target and children’s product stores nationwide and on Amazon from May 2012 to December 2012.
If you own one of these cribs, please stop using the crib immediately and contact the company for a replacement mattress support.
Nursery Product Injuries
In 2012 there were about 77,900 injuries associated with nursery products among children under 5 years of age, according to CPSC’s statistics.
Cribs and mattresses, high chairs, infant carriers and strollers were associated with about 67 percent of the injuries.
Between 2008 and 2010, there were 333 fatalities associated with nursery products.
A majority – 89 percent – of these deaths were linked to cribs or mattresses, bassinets, play pens, car seats and baby baths.
The most common cause of death was asphyxia or strangulation.
Steps to Protect Your Children
It is common for parents to look for bargains when buying baby items.
It is quite common for many of us to buy cribs, bassinets or strollers second-hand or in a garage sale. These items are also passed down from generation to generation.
While second-hand might work for clothes, safety experts caution parents when it comes to buying used cribs and other nursery items.
For example, drop-side cribs have been outlawed nationwide. But, you will still find them in garage sales. Drop-side cribs were banned because they have caused numerous fatalities by wedging infants between the mattress and crib edges.
In addition to researching the type of crib you are buying, stay away from crib mattresses that do not fit snugly in your child’s crib.
If your child has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective product, please contact an experienced product liability lawyer who will guide you in the right direction and give you more information about pursuing your legal rights.