The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of millions of Stork Craft drop-side cribs on November 23, 2009, following reports of one hundred ten drop-side detachments and four infant deaths. The CPSC determined that a gap can be created between the mattress and the drop-side rail when a piece of the claw on the lower right side of the drop-side rail breaks, allowing the claw to disengage from the lower right side t-rail of the crib.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that at least one Louisiana baby’s death has been caused by mechanical asphyxia that occurred when he was trapped in a gap between the drop-side rail and the crib’s mattress. The Louisiana baby’s parents filed suit against the crib manufacturer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts, and to not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.
If your baby has been injured or died as a result of a defective crib, contact the Baton Rouge, Louisiana product liability attorneys at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews. Email Louisiana injury lawyers or call (800) 929-7481 to schedule a free consultation.