February 29, 2008

CPSC Recalls Potentially Dangerous Cribs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 24,000 Indonesian-made cribs, after noting an increased risk of children falling out.

The recalled products, imported by Munire Furniture Inc., include Majestic Curved Top, Majestic Flat Top, Essex, Brighton/Sussex and Captiva cribs sold between November 2005 and November 2007.

While no injuries have been reported, the cribs use improper brackets which may allow children to crawl over the railing and fall out.

The CPSC also noted that pillows and other soft bedding used inside of cribs could place children at a higher risk of suffocation.

From 2002 to 2004, 241 children under age 5 died in incidents involving nursery products. Among these deaths, about 40 percent were caused by soft bedding within the cribs, according to the agency.

"Less is more when you're talking about the crib," CPSC spokeswoman Julie Vallese said.

The agency noted that playpens are also a dangerous place for soft bedding.

Other contributing factors which may lead to death include broken cribs as well as unattended children that slipped out of bath seats.

In 2006, the most recent year in which injury data was collected, CPSC counted about 66,400 emergency injuries linked with nursery products among children under age 5. Infant carriers and cars seats, excluding motor vehicle accidents, accounted for 14,200 injuries and cribs and mattresses 11,300, according to Associated Press.

For more details on the crib recall, call 866-586-9639 or visit http://www.munirefurniture.com


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