Recently, the largest of cribs was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 2 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs were voluntarily recalled following reports of infants being trapped and suffocated in these cribs. Four infants have died from being trapped in these drop-side cribs. Drop-side cribs have side gates which slide up and down, and there are growing concerns about their safety. The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the recalled cribs. Parents should obtain the free repair kit from Stork Craft, and should not try to repair the crib without the specific kit.
The affected cribs were manufactured in Canada, China, and Indonesia. They are Stork Craft cribs, but some were sold under a Fisher-Price brand. According to the CPSC, babies can get stuck between the mattress and the crib side. This danger could be caused by improper installation of the drop side or by broken plastic hardware on the drop side.
In January, there was a voluntary recall of all Stork Craft cribs manufactured and distributed between May 2000 and November 2008. The most recent recall only applies to drop-side cribs. In the last 2 years almost one million Simplicity drop-side cribs have been recalled.