CPSC, Hufco-Delaware Company and Evenflo Company Inc. Announce Recall to
Repair Gerry® and Evenflo® Portable Wood Cribs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), Hufco-Delaware Company, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Evenflo
Company Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio, are recalling about 364,000 portable wood
cribs. If the hardware used to assemble the crib is not tight, the mattress
support platform and mattress can fall to the floor. This poses a risk of injury
to young children in the crib.
There have been 41 reports of mattresses falling through portable wood cribs. Of
these incidents, 17 children suffered bumps, bruises or scratches.
The portable cribs are made of wood and are smaller than traditional baby cribs.
The majority of these portable wood cribs were sold under the Gerry® brand
name, and some were sold under the Evenflo® brand name. The recalled portable
wood cribs have one of the following model numbers that can be found on a label
on the mattress platform underneath the mattress:
Department and baby products stores nationwide sold these portable wood cribs
from January 1991 through December 2002 for about $99.
Consumers should stop using these portable wood cribs immediately, and call
(800) 582-9359 anytime for a free upgrade kit that provides additional support
for the mattress platform. Consumers also can obtain further information about
the portable wood cribs by logging onto www.evenflo.com
(eventually this link will also be at www.portablewoodcrib.com).
No other cribs are included in this recall.
HOTEL CRIB SAFETY
Hotel And Leisure Living Services Ltd.,
under the Hotel Fun 4 Kids™ Program is committed to improving
the quality, accessibility and safety of cribs used for children
in Hotels. See important safety information below about
Unsafe Cribs in Hotels. We offer high quality full size and portable cribs, mesh
play-yards (portable cribs) and our new mini-cot together with quality bedding products selected
and designed to help reduce the risks to children when travelling
and using hotel cribs or for use in resort nursery programs.
All Cribs meet United States and Canadian Safety Standards.
Consider providing Families
with options for sleeping accommodations for children as part of
your guest services. We would like to help you introduce
this service as part of your hotel room facilities. Go to Hotel
Fun 4 Kids™ Sleeping Options for Children for more information.
Danger of Unsafe Crib Bedding
A May 18, 2001 directed to parents and caregivers raised concerns about the
dangers of loose or oversized sheets in babies cribs - see Dangers of
Crib Sheets. A July 12, 2001 Consumer Product Safety Commission press release
detailed a report on deaths associated with playpens - See Dangers of Soft
Bedding in Playpens. Spot checks
conducted by the National Safe Kids Campaign found that many
Hotels use adult size sheets and blankets for cribs, posing a risk
of strangulation and suffocation. See
Unsafe Cribs in Hotels.
To learn more about the other services we offer
go to HOTEL FUN 4 KIDS™ SERVICES.
Sleeping Options for Children - The
largest selection of Commercial Playyards/Mesh Cribs, Folding and Non-folding
metal and wooden Compact Cribs and Full Size Folding and Non-Folding Wooden and
Metal Cribs, Little Tikes Toddler and Kids Beds, Mini-cot, Crib Sheets, Blankets
and more for Hotels and Resorts
We pride ourselves on providing our
clients with individual attention to their needs and ask that you
contact us to find out more about our products and services.
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AND PLAYYARDS IN HOTELS
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Safe
Kids Campaign announced in February of 2000 that a recent spot
check conducted by the National Safe Kids Campaign "found
unsafe cribs and play yards in 80% of hotels and motels
It was estimated in the announcement "that children under
the age of 2 spend more than 7 million nights per year in hotels,
motels and resorts".
Heather Paul, Executive Director of the National Safe Kids
Campaign said "this information assessment simply raises a
red flag for the hotel industry that they might unknowingly be
putting babies at risk".
Many hotels and resorts do not keep abreast of recall notices
and safety information for cribs. As well, the staff
involved in setting up cribs may not even been aware that recalled
or unsafe cribs, improper bedding, placement of cribs or simply
not having cribs available may present a danger to these young
guests. These factors also create a liability risk for the
Another danger that may be present with hotel cribs is the risk that hotel
cribs may be disposed of in an unsafe manner or donated to a local shelter as a
well-meaning gesture. Improper disposal of cribs not only presents a risk
to the children that may be the recipients of the cribs but also presents a
liability issue to hotels.
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The following press release was
issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 18,
Consumer Product Safety Commission Safety Alert
May 18, 2001, Sheets in cribs or beds can sometimes be hazardous to babies.
Since 1984, CPSC has learned of the deaths of 17 babies, most
under 12 months old, who suffocated or strangled primarily when
they became entangled in sheets in their cribs or beds. Two of
these deaths related to fitted crib sheets.
CPSC staff has worked actively to strengthen safety
requirements for fitted crib sheets. Consumers soon will see
warning labels on fitted crib sheets stressing the importance of a
secure fit on crib mattresses. CPSC staff and industry also are
working together to improve the fit of these sheets on mattresses.
To prevent tragedies, parents and caretakers can take the
following precautions to ensure a safer sleeping environment for
their young children.
- Make sure crib sheets fit snugly on a crib mattress and
overlap the mattress so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on
the corner of the sheet.
- Never use an adult sheet on a crib mattress; it can come
loose and present an entanglement hazard to young children.
- Place a baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting
mattress in a crib meeting current safety standards.
- Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, and sheepskins from the
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OF SOFT BEDDING IN PLAYPENS
The following excerpt is from a press release
issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on July 12, 2001.
Go to Crib Safety News
for full press release.
"Report Finds Soft Bedding a Factor in Playpen Deaths
July 12, 2001, WASHINGTON,
D.C - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
released a report (pdf) today on deaths in playpens. Since
1988, CPSC has reports of more than 200 babies who died
while in playpens. In almost 100 of these deaths, soft
bedding or improper or extra mattresses were present in the
playpen and the babies died of suffocation or Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome (SIDS). More than 70 percent of these deaths
were to babies less than 12 months old. Twenty-six of the
playpen deaths occurred in a daycare setting.
Over the years, playpens, portable cribs and play yards have
evolved into virtually identical products. Parents use
playpens today as places for babies to both sleep and
For years, CPSC has warned about the dangers of soft bedding
such as quilts, comforters and pillows in cribs. Soft
bedding can become molded around an infant's face and cause
suffocation. As many as one-third of baby deaths attributed
to SIDS, in fact, may be suffocation in soft bedding.
"Many parents and caregivers know the dangers of soft
bedding in cribs," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown.
"This study shows, for the first time, that the same
dangers exist when using pillows, quilts, and comforters in
The findings emphasize the need for caregivers to be aware
that the same safe sleeping guidelines that they follow for
their babies' cribs should be followed in these playpens.
That means placing baby on his back on a firm, flat mattress
and not adding extra mattresses or any soft bedding, such as
pillows, quilts, or comforters. "
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