All Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop-side cribs, an estimated half a million units, are being recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) after three infants died of suffocation after being trapped between the mattress and a broken side panel. A further hazard is posed by the potential for the mattress to separate from its underlying support, creating a space that could trap toddlers.
In addition to the three fatalities, the CPSC reported 20 incidents involving the crib's drop side and eight involving problems with the mattress.
Parents are advised to stop using their cribs immediately, the CPSC says in a press release. While previous incidents, like the November 2009 recall of 2.1 million Stork Craft cribs, have included the promise of a safety-repair kit for affected cribs, no kit will be forthcoming from Generation 2 because the company went out of business in 2005.
The CPSC did not return calls seeking comment.
Instead, consumers are directed to contact the retailer from whom they purchased the crib in order to obtain a refund, a replacement crib, or store credit. The CPSC asks consumers to "report any difficulties in obtaining a remedy from their place of purchase." The CPSC's recall hotline can be reached at (800) 638-2772.
According to the CPSC release, the name “Generation 2 Worldwide” appears on a label affixed to the crib’s headboard or footboard. Some labels identify the place of manufacture as Dothan, Ala. Others identify China as the country of manufacture. The name “ChildESIGNS” appears on the teething rail of some of the cribs.
Some of the known model numbers, with an "X" inserted to mark a space where any number could be, are as follows: 0-110X, 10-210X, 21-110X, 20-710X, 64-315X, 26-110X, 90-257X, 20-810X, 46-715X, 64-311X, 74-315X, 21-815X, 21-810X, 20815X, 308154 and 54915.
The CPSC is still looking for incident reports regarding Generation 2 drop side cribs.
During the Stork Craft crib recall, the ASTM International, a group that develops voluntary product standards seen as binding by many child-safety product manufacturers, said at the time that it had passed a change to its standards disallowing drop-side and all other movable side rails.