217,000 Drop-Side Cribs Recalled

lajobi cribLaJobi is recalling about 217,000 Graco-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi, because the drop side hardware 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 and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock. LaJobi has received 99 reports of drop-side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. In two incidents, children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.

This recall involves LaJobi-manufactured Graco wood cribs. The full-size cribs were sold in cherry, espresso, natural and white finishes.

The cribs were sold at children’s product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.

Consumers should stop using the cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side.

Contact LaJobi at 888-842-2215 888-842-2215 or visit www.LaJobi.com. Miamiherald.

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