Another Drop Side Crib Recall Due To Child Injury

After the Consumer Product Safety Commission began fielding numerous complaints about defective and dangerous drop side cribs, millions of these cribs from dozens of manufacturers were recalled.  According to the CPSC, drop side cribs contributed to the deaths of more than thirty infants between 2000 and 2010, and countless others were injured. Fourteen crib companies amassed more than 900 incident reports from drop side crib defects prior to any recalls. Attorneys around the nation began handling civil litigation on behalf of grieving parents and parents of injured children.  In 2001, crib manufacturer Dorel, who is the parent company for Costco and (ironically) Safety 1st, paid civil penalties at a then-record of $1.75 million for failing to report dozens of incident reports to the CPSC.  After more than 10 million cribs were recalled and at least 32 infants were killed (14 more deaths may have been associated with drop side cribs), the CPSC issued a ban on the manufacture and sale of drop side cribs in the United States.  The ban took effect in June 2011, but gave hotels and child care centers an additional 18 months to replace some 935,000 drop side cribs in use in these facilities. Oklahoma City defective products lawyers are quick to note that just because a dangerous product has been banned does not mean it is unavailable.  In fact, many consumers may still be using drop side cribs that were purchased prior to the ban, or they may have purchased a used drop side crib at a garage sale or consignment sale--even though it is illegal to sell recalled products in this manner. Yesterday, more than ten months after drop side cribs were banned in the United States, the CPSC issued another recall of drop side cribs.  Nan Far Woodworking is recalling Rockland Furniture brand drop side cribs sold exclusively at JC Penney between 2005 and 2008.  Parents are to cease using these cribs immediately and contact Nan Far Woodworking for a repair kit to immobilize the drop side of the crib.  As in all cases of drop side crib recalls, parents are cautioned against trying to repair the problem themselves without the authorized kit. If your child has been injured from sleeping in a drop side crib at home, at a hotel or motel, or at a child care facility, it is important that you file a report with the CPSC and contact a child injury lawyer in Oklahoma as soon as possible.  You may be able to receive financial compensation for your child's medical expenses and more.

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