Bassettbaby Announces Massive Drop Side Crib Recall Due to Suffocation and Entrapment Risk


December 02, 2010

Bassettbaby in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of 90,000 drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware because of a risk of entrapment, which can cause suffocation or strangulation. The drop-side rail can partially detach from the crib and create a space between the drop-side and crib mattress where an infant can become entrapped. The drop side rail can also become partially detached as a result of incorrect assembly or broken or worn out hardware.

An infant entrapped in this space may be exposed to suffocation or strangulation. This latest recall of Bassettbaby drop-side cribs follows over 20 prior recalls of drop-side cribs and over 4 million cribs from a large number of companies. The problems with drop-down cribs are so widespread that special new industry standards were adopted, and many industry experts have advocated phasing them out. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been helping families whose child is hurt or injured by defective products such as drop-side cribs throughout the Atlanta area and ALL of Georgia for over 25 years.

Drop-side cribs have been very popular because of the convenience of being able to lower one side of the crib, which creates easier access to one's baby. The ongoing problems with drop-side cribs are related to a number of problems:

  • Defective Hardware: The plastic hardware may be defective and break or warp.
  • Incorrect Assembly: The drop-side may be assembled upside down causing the hardware fastening the drop-side to wear out prematurely.
  • Use of Soft Wood: If the wood is too soft, the hardware fastening the drop-side may become loose.
  • Lost or Missing Hardware: Hardware that fastens the drop-side can become lost so that the drop-side is not secured properly.

It is common for people to acquire used cribs from garage sales, thrift shops or prior owners. The issues related to drop-side cribs is particularly acute with older cribs because the hardware that secures the drop-side tend to wear out, or the cribs may be reassembled incorrectly. Parents are best served by avoiding the use of older drop-side cribs. Anyone with a Bassettbaby drop-side crib should immediately discontinue using the product. In general, parents should seriously consider avoiding drop-side cribs as it appears that the risk of serious injury or even death is substantial and widespread.

If your child has been injured by a drop-side crib or other defective product, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for your infant's injuries. Our Georgia products liability attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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