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Drop Side Cribs Recalled After Three Infant Deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of all Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop side cribs. Infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and suffocation hazards with these cribs. Parents and caregivers should stop using these cribs immediately.

If the crib’s plastic hardware breaks, the drop side of the crib can detach from a corner of the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, creating the possibility of suffocation or strangulation. Also, the crib’s matterss support can separate from the crib frame, creating another possible suffocation or strangulation risk.

To date, the CPSC has received reports of three infants who suffocated when they became entrapped between the crib mattress and the drop side when the drop side detached. The CPCS has received other reports of children being injured and falling out of the cribs when the drop side became detached.

The company, Generation 2, went out of business in 2005, so there is limited information about the cribs and the affected model numbers. The name “Generation 2 Worldwide” appears on a label on the crib’s headboard or footboard. The name “ChildESIGNS” appears on the teething rail of some of the cribs. The cribs were sold at various retail stores, including Buy Buy Baby, Kmart, and Walmart for between $60 and $160.