There have been four known suffocations following hardware failures involving Stork Craft cribs, reports the Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Stork Craft reports 67 incidents in the United States and 43 in Canada.
Parents who own Stork Craft drop-side cribs – 147,000 of which carry the Fisher-Price logo – are being asked to wait for a free repair kit before attempting to fix the side panel. Hardware has repeatedly failed or been damaged when installed incorrectly. Cribs without drop-down sides are not subject to this recall.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tennebaum admits the agency is not moving quickly enough on this recall, reports The Associated Press via Forbes “So, I put all of the resources for the agency on this project so that they could accomplish this goal of recalling the crib,” says Tennebaum.
Meanwhile, the Illinois Public Interest Research Group issued its 24th annual warning to shoppers, asking them to avoid dangerous toys – such as a red Elmo lunchbox and a too-loud Fisher Price phone. While toys are improving, problems persist, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan tells the Chicago Tribune:
“In spite of the improvements that we have seen over the last year at the federal level and the improvements that we have seen in the last several years in the state of Illinois, Illinois PIRG every single year is able to walk into toy stores and purchase toys that are dangerous for children.”