The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nan Far Woodworking Co. Ltd., of Taiwan, and J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas, announced a voluntary recall of about 16,700 Rockland Furniture Drop-side Cribs.
Hazard: The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space 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 with age-related wear and tear.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and the firms are aware of five incidents involving drop sides that malfunctioned or detached, including one report of a child who became entrapped and sustained minor scratches and bruises.
Description: This recall includes Rockland Furniture brand drop-side cribs imported and sold by jcpenney from 2005 to 2008. The wooden cribs used plastic hardware to attach the drop side. "Rockland Furniture" and the model number can be found on a rectangular label located on the lower portion of the headboard panel.
The following six drop-side crib models are included in this recall:
343-8124 Nightingale Spindle Drop-Side Crib 343-8280 Cottage Standard Drop-Side Crib Version 1 343-8271 Cottage Standard Drop-Side Crib Version 2 343-9105 Drop-Side Crib and Changer
Sold at: jcpenney stores and online at jcpenney.com from January 2005 through December 2008 for between $150 and $400.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Nan Far Woodworking for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nan Far Woodworking at (877) 967-5770 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website www.rocklandimmobilizationkit.com.
Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.
Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for parts separating that can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you do not use a crib that is older than 10 years old. Effective June 28, 2011, new, mandatory federal crib rules require that all cribs manufactured and sold after that date must meet new and improved safety requirements (pdf). Older cribs do not meet the new standard and can have a variety of safety problems. Check if your crib has been recalled at www.cpsc.gov.