Pottery Barn recalls drop-side cribs for repair

Pottery Barn drop-side cribs recalled for repair

Another drop-side crib is being recalled today… The repair on these cribs consists of installing a kit that immobilizes the side. Hmm, wait, that would make it … a fixed-side crib! Looks like the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission is actively working at establishing mandatory standards to address drop side and mattress support hazards. Hopefully the new standards will bring some peace of mind to new parents.

Name of Product: ALL Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs regardless of the model number. Sold through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, http://www.potterybarnkids.com , and at Pottery Barn Kids retail stores nationwide from January 1999 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600. About 82,000 units.
Hazard: The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.
Incidents/Injuries: 36 reports of drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached, resulting in seven minor injuries when children fell out of the cribs or got their legs caught between the mattress and the drop side. One child became entrapped at the head between the drop side and crib mattress but was freed without injury.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, inspect the hardware to make sure it is not broken, and contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a free fixed-gate conversion kit that will immobilize the drop side.

More info on the US CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10302.html.

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2 responses to “Pottery Barn recalls drop-side cribs for repair

  1. CPSC is looking to ban drop-side cribs by the end of the year.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cribs-20100714,0,5217356.story

    • There is no strong reason for drop-side cribs. Short women complain that they have a hard time getting their babies out of there, but it doesn’t help that those cribs are equipped with really tall legs (I guess you have to justify the drop side feature!). I say parents just saw off the crib legs to easily get their baby out – problem solved! ;-)

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