Crib Safety Making Headlines, Again.

Earlier this month Pottery Barn Kids issued a voluntary recall for repair of its drop-side cribs. There are about 82,000 of these in the marketplace.

The hazard involves entrapment, which can lead to suffocation and the possibility of a fall. The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks. Pottery Barn Kids wants consumers to stop using these cribs and to contact the company to receive a free kit intended to correct the problem.

The Pottery Barn Kids crib recall underscores the larger issues with crib safety, which are currently being addressed by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has recently proposed new testing rules for full-size and smaller cribs. The purpose of the new standards is to deal with the serious and sometimes tragic consequences of defective and poorly designed infant cribs.

The California Injury Attorney Blog has posted on the dangers of defective cribs and bassinettes. Moreover, Hersh & Hersh has been involved with some of the most important crib and bassinette recalls in United States history. We have represented families that have suffered tragic losses due to these defective products.

Over the past several years, we have seen defects that include dangers due to defective design and hardware, detachment of side rails and other defects that have resulted in entrapment and suffocation deaths or falls.

The mandated improvements are based on The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). This Act required mandatory safety standards for infant and toddler products.

The recent rules are the subject of a notice of proposed rulemaking. The specific details of the proposed modifications can be found here. Briefly, summarized, the essential modifications require specific crib testing such as mattress support, side impact and stress tests in which screws would not be tightened to replicate long term use.
According to the CPSC, its staff expects to finalize the proposed mandatory crib standards in 2010.

Web Resources

The public can report a dangerous product or a product-related injury to the CPSC Hotline at (800) 638-2772. Visit CPSC’s web site at www.cpsc.gov.

Important Contact Information

If you believe your child has been injured by a defective product, please contact the California personal injury and trial lawyers at Hersh & Hersh. We will provide a free consultation for you.