A manufacturing firm has had to recall 2.1 million cots after reports of 4 infants suffocating in them.
Canadian firm Stork Craft has recalled the items in the US, the largest recall in recorded US history. The sales of the cribs go all the way back to 1993. 150,000 of those cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has confirmed that they have had 4 reports of infants dying due to the crib. The Stork Craft company claims the injuries are occurring when the crib is not correctly put up. This then leads to the the drop-down side of the crib detaching and creating a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can then become trapped.
This isn't the first time this month that a major recall has taken place. Maclaren recently had to recall several of their pushchairs, after reports suggested that children had been the victim of finger amputations in its hinges.
Maclaren initially only agreed to recall the pushchairs in the US, but have since agreed to issue UK customers with a free safety kit for the pushchair. Similarly, Stork Craft will be sending out a free repair kit to all of the US customers.
Over the past two years alone, manufacturers of drop-side cribs have had to recall 5 million of their products after reports of dozens of deaths.
ASTM international, an organisation that sets voluntary industry safety standards for products such as toys and building materials, has recently approved a recent safety standard that requires all new cribs to have four immovable sides. The CPSC could adopt this as a mandatory standard, which may be the end of drop-side cribs. Toys R Us is already starting to phase out this form of crib.
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