On October 5th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with J.C. Penney and Yu Wei, Co. Ltd., announced a voluntary recall of their drop-side cribs due to a potential safety hazard.
What do you need to know about this Recall?
The drop-side rails on the crib can malfunction, detach or unexpectedly fall down, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position. When this happens, a space is created into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and due to age-related wear and tear.
This recall involves Yu Wei full-size cribs sold under the Scroll (model #343-8225) and Lauren (model #343-9117) model names. The cribs were sold in antique white, pecan and dark cherry.
Approximately 8000 of these cribs were sold at J.C. Penney online and from their catalog from January 2006 through December 2010 for between $300 and $450 and they were manufactured in Taiwan.
As of October 5th, 2011, the CPSC and the other firms are aware of nine incidents involving drop side rails that malfunctioned or detached, including one report of a child who sustained minor abrasions to the arm.
What should you do if you own one of these products?
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Yu Wei to get a free immobilizer kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on your child’s age.
For additional information, contact Yu Wei at (877) 806-8190 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website. Consumers can also email the firm at email@example.com to order a free immobilizer kit.