March 23, 2011

Delta Cribs Recalled Again After Death Of Infant

Despite a 2008 recall of more than 985,000 drop-side cribs, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of Delta Enterprise "Safety Peg" Drop-Side cribs after a second infant has died due to the design of the crib. The original recall involved safety pegs that were missing that could possibly cause child entrapment and suffocation, Reuters reports.

The CPSC and Delta learned earlier this year that a 7-month-old girl from Colorado became trapped and had suffocated in a recalled crib that had been purchased second-hand. During the first recall, the CPSC had notified consumers about the death of an 8-month-old girl who died under similar circumstances.

Purchasing cribs second-hand appears to be a leading cause of recalled cribs not being replaced or repaired. "Buying or accepting cribs second-hand can be risky," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum explained to Reuters.

"Second-hand cribs may not come with all of the necessary parts that are needed to make sure your baby is safe," she said.

The recalled cribs were originally sold by major retailers including Kmart, Target and Wal-Mart between January 1995 and December 2005 for about $100.

"We urge parents and caregivers to use caution and to be aware that new rules established by CPSC will bring safer cribs to the market this summer," Tenenbaum concluded.

Owners should not place their child into the cribs until they have contacted Delta Enterprise Corp. and installed a repair kit.


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