November has been a bad month for baby products. On the heels of a huge recall of Maclaren strollers, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced a recall of 2.1 million Stork Craft cribs, some of which also bear the Fisher-Price logo. The problem? The cribs' drop-side hardware, according to the CPSC, "can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts."
The danger, if the hardware breaks or becomes damaged, is that a gap can then form between the side of the crib and the mattress. Babies can become caught between the side and the mattress and can suffocate. So far, 167 instances of hardware problems have been reported in the United States and Canada, four of which resulted in the death of an infant.
The affected cribs were sold between January 1993 and October 2009 at a large number of retailers, including Wal-Mart, JC Penny, Babies 'R' Us and Amazon.com. Parents are advised to stop using these cribs and call Stork Craft (866-361-3321) for a repair kit that converts the drop-side into a fixed side. Parents can also try the Stork Craft website, but at the time of our visit, the site had crashed.