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Delta Recalls Prompts Crib Warning to Parents

Posted Oct 21 2008 5:06pm

Delta Convertible Crib

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has urged parents and caregivers to closely inspect the hardware and stability of their cribs to ensure all parts are in place and secure. This press release is on the heels of two seperate recalls for Delta Cribs (Delta Enterprise, Inc.) today due to an infant death.

These two recalls involve a number of models and represent a total of 1.5 million cribs that were sold between 1995-2007. This is a sizable recall, to say the least. The CPSC believes the performance requirements can be strengthened to deal with the problems identified by their Early Warning System so they are scheduling to vote to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed (ANPR) rulemaking to examine and assess potential design and durability issues and possible mandatory performance requirements to prevent future entrapments and strangulations to children. Essentially, they are going to make efforts to evaluate cribs before they hit the market so more infant deaths do not occur due to faulty design or manufacturing practices.

As issued by the CPSC, here are safety tips for reviewing you child’s crib;

  • Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.
  • Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened 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 on its track.
  • Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
  • Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware or with tape, wire or rope.
  • Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make it worse.
  • Do 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 disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
  • Do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.

Parents and Caregivers are advised to immediately stop using the Delta cribs that are missing a safety peg (described in the recall press release) on any leg of the crib and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit.

The kit will include safety pegs in a bold color and warning labels to be affixed to the mattress board. Consumers with cribs that have all safety pegs installed may continue to use the cribs; however, it is recommended that these consumers contact Delta for the repair kit for future assembly purposes.

If you do not have a Delta crib, but have a drop side crib of another brand it may be prudent to check it for any compromises. Also, please spread the word of this recall and share it with you neighbors, daycare, and family members.

Call Delta toll-free at (1-800-816-5304) anytime after 5pm today or log on CribRecallCenter.Com to order the free replacement kit.

Sited Links;
CPSC Press Release | Infant Death Prompts Recall To Repair 600,000 Drop Side Cribs…
CPSC Press Release | Defects Identified by CPSC Early Warning System Prompt…
CPSC Press Release | Infant Death Prompts Recall to Repair 985,000 Delta
Delta Childrens Products | Crib Recall Center

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