Child Safety Recalls: Cribs, Trampolines and Roman Shades
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued three child safety recalls.
Drop-Side Cribs Recalled For Repair
Alexander Designs Drop-Side full-size cribs have been recalled due to a faulty drop-side rail.
Here’s the CPSC description of the hazards posed by the product defect:
The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib.
Only two drop-side bar failures have been reported. Both resulted in no injuries.
These cribs were sold exclusively at J.C. Penney from March 2003 through April 2007 for about $200.
If you have an Alexander Designs Drop-Side crib, immediately stop using it and contact J.C. Penney for a free repair kit by visiting their website or calling (800) 295-1980.
For more recall details, including more photos and factory model numbers, visit the CPSC recall page.
Trampolines Recalled Due To Fall Hazard
Bravo Sports has recalled multiple models of their Airzone and Variflex trampolines.
According to the CPSC, if the trampolines are incorrectly assembled, the top rails and legs can bend or break during normal use, resulting in partial collapse of the trampoline.
Four injuries have been reported out of the 247 reports of top rails bending or breaking during normal use.
If you own a Bravo Sports trampoline, immediately stop using it and check the CPSC recall page to see if your trampoline corresponds to one of the recalled model numbers.
The CPSC says consumers can contact Bravo Sports for instructions on how to inspect the trampoline for top rail damage and to request revised assembly instructions. Top rails and legs damaged due to assembly errors will be replaced at no charge by Bravo Sports.
To contact Bravo Sports, call (877)-500-2459 or visit their recall website, www.airzonevariflex-recall.com.
Roman Shades Pose Risk Of Strangulation
Green Mountain Vista Inc. has recalled nearly 200,000 Roman shade units due to a strangulation hazard.
While no incidents or injuries have been reported, the CPSC says that strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
Green Mountain Roman shades were sold by specialty home textile retail shops and mail order companies nationwide from September 2004 through August 2010 for between $40 and $120. The shades have a small sewn-on label on the back side of the shade with RN#107875.
The CPSC recommends that consumers examine all shades and blinds in their homes, regardless of make or model, for child-accessible cords and suggests the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
For more recall details, visit the CPSC recall page.
If your child has been injured or hurt by any of the above products contact Ken Levinson.
Ken Levinson is a Chicago-based child injury attorney and child safety advocate. If your child has been injured or worse, please call Ken Levinson at Joseph, Lichtenstein and Levinson at 312-346-9270 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Although based in Chicago, Ken works on child injury cases across the country.