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320,000 baby cribs recalled, may pose strangulation hazard

Children can become trapped if wooden slats break. Two injuries have been reported.

June 25, 2008|Andrea Chang | Times Staff Writer

About 320,000 cribs made by Jardine Enterprises were recalled Tuesday because the wooden slats and spindles can break, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to infants.

Forty-two incidents have been reported, with four children becoming trapped in the space created by a broken slat or spindle. Two children had abrasions and bruising.

"Our top message to parents is that babies should not be in this crib tonight or thereafter," said Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall with Taipei, Taiwan-based Jardine. "We want every parent who has one of these recalled cribs to respond."

Consumers who own the cribs should stop using them immediately and contact Jardine to receive a voucher for a new crib.

The recalled cribs, made in China and Vietnam, were sold nationwide from January 2002 through May 2008. The cribs were carried at major retailers including Toys R Us and Babies R Us and cost $150 to $450.

Certain models of the Berkley, Hilton, Positano, Spindle and Windsor crib styles are affected.

Rick Locker, a lawyer for Jardine, said Tuesday that the company was "acting in truly an abundance of caution" in issuing the recall. "It doesn't necessarily mean that every crib poses a hazard," he said.

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Tuesday's action was the first major crib recall since September, when about 1 million cribs made by Simplicity Inc. of Reading, Pa., were recalled after the deaths of at least two children, including one in California.

Those cribs featured a "drop-side" railing that could pull away from the mattress. Infants could become trapped in the resulting gap and suffocate.


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