Federal officials have issued a defective product recall for more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft Manufacturing, in the single biggest crib recall in the nation’s history. According to an MSNBC news report, this product recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and about 1 million in Canada where the company is based. Apparently, these cribs have a serious product defect where the drop-side plastic hardware can break or deform causing the drop-side to detach. This basically creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress where infants can become entrapped and suffocate. Such unforeseen drop-side detachment can also cause dangerous fall injuries to young children.

Product Defects Caused Injuries and Fatalities

The company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report 67 detachment incidents in the United States and 43 in Canada. These incidents involved 15 children who became entrapped. Four babies – a 7-month old in New York; a 7-month-old in New Iberia; a 6-month-old in West Virginia and another 9-month-old in Bronx, New York, suffocated to death in these defective cribs. There were 20 other reports of babies falling from their cribs.

About 150,000 of these recalled cribs have the Fisher Price logo. Consumer advocates say drop-side cribs have caused numerous deaths and personal injuries because they fail when the hardware wears off and the crib structure weakens. The recalled cribs were sold at large retail outlets nationwide including Target, Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart. If you are using one of these defective cribs, please stop using them and contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit, which will convert the drop-side to a fixed side. The products involved in this recall were manufactured in China, Canada and Indonesia and sold between January 1993 and October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

Delayed Product Defect Recall?

This is certainly not the first crib recall due to problems with the drop-side. Serious injuries and deaths caused the recall of nearly 5 million cribs by several manufacturers over the last two years. That also included close to half a million from Stork Craft earlier this year.

It’s not clear why Stork Craft did not issue a complete recall the first time around. I’d want to know why the company waited for so long to expand the recall. When defective product manufacturers fail to issue timely recalls, it can have devastating consequences for consumers. In this particular case, so many injuries and heartbreaking deaths could have been avoided had the manufacturer issued a prompt and a more comprehensive defective product recall.

If your child has been injured as a result of these defective cribs please contact a nationally renowned personal injury lawyers who has successfully handled products liability cases and has a reputation for holding defective product manufacturers accountable.