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Evenflo, Delta Lead U.S. Recall of 2.2 Million Cribs

Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Evenflo Co., Delta Enterprise and five child-furniture makers recalled 2.2 million cribs after regulators documented dozens of infants who became trapped or fell, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Seven of the eight recalls involve drop-side model cribs, the agency said today in a statement. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum has said such cribs are a “deadly hazard” after the agency documented 32 deaths since 2000 and recalled millions of the beds.

“This new recall announcement is part of a larger effort by CPSC to clean up the marketplace,” Tenenbaum said in an e-mailed statement. “Many of these recalled cribs have dangerous drop sides.”

The agency issued a warning to parents last month, after companies recalled more than 9 million cribs in the past five years. The agency intends to issue federal regulations on crib safety by the end of the year, Tenenbaum said. Those rules will eliminate the drop-side design, she said today.

The U.S. has documented more than 250 incidents of crib parts failing among the models being recalled today. The agency said more than a dozen children became trapped, putting them at risk of being strangled. Other cases resulted in falls. The most serious injuries were a hospitalization after an infant became unconscious and a broken collar bone.

Drop-side cribs are popular with parents because one side can be raised or lowered on tracks, providing easier access to the bed. Infants can suffocate or be strangled when the hardware fails and a side detaches, creating a gap.

LaJobi, Jardine

LaJobi Inc., owned by Kid Brands Inc.; Bexco Enterprises Inc.’s Million Dollar Baby unit; Jardine Enterprise Ltd.; Simmons Juvenile Products; and Child Craft Industries Inc. also recalled cribs. Consumers should stop using the products until they receive a repair kit from the manufacturer to immobilize the beds. Consumers can find a list of models and company contacts on the CPSC’s website.

Evenflo, owned by private-equity firm Harvest Partners and based in Miamisburg, Ohio, had 750,000 cribs recalled, the most among the companies, and New York-based Delta had 747,000 cribs, accounting for 68 percent of the recalled cribs. Child Craft went out of business in 2009. Consumers should contact Foundations Worldwide of Medina, Ohio, which bought the brand, the CPSC said.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, which has launched a crib-safety initiative, also is offering consumer information on its website. There’s a list of manufacturers and downloadable guides to safe sleep on the site, the CPSC said.

‘Misassembly, Wear and Tear’

Today’s recalls don’t include models currently being sold, the association said today in a statement. Regulators acknowledge failures with drop-side cribs can occur with “misassembly or age-related wear and tear,” the association said. Consumers should replace cribs more than 10 years old with new beds, the group said.

“The seven companies cited in today’s voluntary recall want to give drop-side crib owners a remedy to allay fears they may have with their crib,” Executive Director Michael Dwyer said in the association’s statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net

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