NH DHHS - New Recalls of Drop-Side Cribs Aimed at Immobilizing Devices

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is letting residents know that there has been a further recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of more than two million cribs to address the drop-side hazards and other hazards that affect the safety of young children. The recalling firms are providing consumers with free repair kits. People should not attempt to fix these cribs with homemade remedies. If the sides detach children can be strangled, suffocated, or injured.

The cribs that are a part of this recall were manufactured between 2000 and 2009 by the following companies and consumers should contact these firms directly for the appropriate remedy:
Child Craft (now out of business)
Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, NY
Evenflo, of Miamisburg, OH
Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan
LaJobi, of Cranbury, NJ
Million Dollar Baby, of Montebello, CA
Simmons Juvenile Products, Inc. (SJP), of New London, WI

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has also launched a response to the crib recall by providing free-drop-side immobilization kits to prevent the sides from detaching, plus replacement hardware and assembly instructions for cribs manufactured by participating firms. These materials are free to any consumer by request.

“The safety of our citizens, especially those who cannot look after themselves, is part of our mission at the Division of Public Health Services,” said Dr. Jose Montero, Director of DPHS. “Every parent with a crib used by a child should make sure that crib is safe.”

Nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled over the past five years. Drop-side crib incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly or age-related wear and tear. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib as well. At a minimum, CPSC recommends that people not use a crib that is more than 10 years old. Many older cribs no not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety issues.

For more information, visit the JPMA website at www.cribsafety.org, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov, or call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772.