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1.6 million cribs recalled after two deaths

Annys Shin

Delta Enterprises of New York is recalling 1.6 million cribs after two infants died.

The information leaked out Monday night before an official release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. So there is little detail either about the specific model number of the cribs in question or the deaths. The company wasn't providing it as of 9:25 pm E.S.T. on Monday.

According to AP:

In one of the infant deaths, there was no safety peg and the crib's side detached, leaving a gap. The infant got stuck in the gap and suffocated. In the second instance, the infant died in a similar fashion after a spring-peg failed to lock and the side detached.

The cribs being recalled are not on the market now, which will make getting a significant number of them back difficult. They were sold over a 10 year period, between 1995 and 2005.

According to Reuters:

One kind of crib, which uses a mechanism known as a 'spring peg' to lower the crib side, was made in China. Delta Enterprises said it would contact the customers who bought 600,000 of these cribs to send them additional parts to make the mechanism safer.

The other 985,000 cribs under recall, made in Indonesia and Taiwan, use safety pegs in the gate mechanism that customers must install.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission was expected to have a statement on Tuesday, the company said.

In other words, the remedy is a repair kit.

The company is setting up a web site at www.cribrecallcenter.com for consumers. The site should be available by Tuesday. Consumers can also call 1-800-876-5304.

The site was not up as of 9:25 PM E.S.T. Neither was the 1-800 number. This is the problem when information like this gets out before everything is set up. It's incomplete.

What to do between now and when the site and phone number go live?

Well, if your child is at the age where they still sleep in a crib, like mine is, they're probably already in bed. So if you have a Delta crib and you're just catching this now, I would urge you to find alternate safe sleeping arrangements until we have more information.

I will post any information I get as it comes in.

By Annys Shin |  October 20, 2008; 9:22 PM ET Annys Shin , Consumer Alerts
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