Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Graco announced the recall of Graco-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi due to entrapment and suffocation hazards. According to the report, consumers are advised to stop using these cribs immediately.
The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress, and infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, with a risk of suffocation and strangulation. Children can also fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.
A total of 99 reports of drop side incidents have been received by the CPCS and LaJobi. Two children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.
The recalled models are LaJobi-manufactured Graco wood cribs. “LaJobi” and the crib model name are printed on a sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. For a full list of affected models, visit the CPCS website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10212.html
The cribs were sold at children’s product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010. Consumers should stop using the cribs and contact LaJobi for a free hardware retrofit kit.