Jardine Enterprises has announced the second expanded recall of defective Jardine Cribs sold by Babies ‘R’ Us. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the wooden crib slats can break creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers. This recall is for about 96,000 defective cribs. In June 2008, the company recalled 320,000 cribs and 56,450 in January.
So far, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 31 reports of slats breaking, including two reports of children becoming entrapped in the gap created by the broken slats. In 10 of the incidents, consumers said their children broke the slats while they were inside the crib. Injury reports in these cases were minor including bumps and cuts.
The latest recall involves seven models of Jardine wooden cribs. For a complete list of the recalled cribs, model numbers and date codes, please refer to this CPSC alert. Cribs with date codes other than those listed are not involved in the product recall. The date code and model number are printed on the label located on the inside of the bottom rail of the headboard or footboard.
The cribs were sold at nationwide retailers including KidsWorld, Geoffrey Stores, Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us stores as well as on babiesrus.com between September 2005 and April 2009 for between $220 and $330. The recalled cribs were manufactured in China and Vietnam. Consumers are asked to immediately stop using these recalled cribs and contact Jardine to get a full credit toward purchase of a new crib.
There is no question that this is a serious product defect that poses a definite risk of injury or death to children. Children’s furniture, especially cribs, bassinets and toddler beds, have been the subject of large-scale recalls over the last one year. Millions of these products have been recalled primarily for strangulation hazards. But the recalls came too late for families who had already lost their little ones to these defective products. If you have lost a child or any other family member as a result of a defective product or if you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injuries because of a product defect, please consult with experienced California product defect attorneys to find out more information.