07/15/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
San Francisco, CA—Pottery Barn kids drop-side cribs have been voluntarily recalled by Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). About 82,000 drop-side cribs are involved in this recall, according to the CPSC.
The recall was put into place after discovering the cribs’ drop-sides can detach when the hardware breaks, which creates a space for a child to become entrapped, leading to suffocation or the child falling out of the crib. Incorrect assembly and age-related wear and tear can also cause incidents to occur.
At this time, the CPSC and Pottery Barn kids have received 36 reports of the malfunctioning or detaching drop-side cribs. Seven minor injuries were reported when the children fell out of the cribs or got their legs caught between the mattress and drop-side.
The CPSC press release stated, “This recall involves all Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs regardless of the model number. Pottery Barn Kids is printed on a label attached to the crib headboard or footboard.”
The recalled drop-side cribs were sold exclusively through the Potter Barn catalog, www.potterybarnkids.com, and at Pottery Barn Kids retail stores. The cribs were sold nationwide from January 1999 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600.
Consumers are advised to contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a free fixed-gate conversion kit, which will immobilize the drop side.
For further information, consumers can contact Pottery Barn Kids at (877) 804-3847 between 7 a.m. and 12 a.m., or visit their website at www.potterybarnkids.com.
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