Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Assembly Required

A lot of companies are now trying to save space by putting their products into smaller packages. This leads to more assembly required for the consumer. Saving space for them means more parts for us to put together. I have personally turned a three hundred dollar table into fire wood in one day after trying to follow the "easy" assembly instructions. Even if I do manage to put the contraption together I am always left with a numerous amount of "leftover" parts. The important lesson is this can lead to very dangerous situations.

The U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission and Dorel Asia SRL have announced the recall for repairs of 20 models of Dorel Asia drop sides and fixed side cribs. Around 635,000 cribs sold at K-Mart, Wal Mart, and Sears from January 2005-December 2009 are defected. the recall came into effect after the death of a 6-month year old child who became entrapped and strangled along with 67 other incidents due to faulty hardware.

The drop side of these cribs can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. this can happen while the crib is in use, in storage, BEING PUT TOGETHER, TAKEN APART or REASSEMBLED, or during shipping. Here are a few tips you can use to protect your child with any crib.
-Do not use any cribs with broken, missing, or loose parts
-Tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy
-When using a drop side crib, always check to see if drop side is moving smoothly
-Always check all sides for disengagement
-Disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child
-Do not try to repair any side of crib, especially with duct tape, wire, or rope!

For more information concerning recalls you can call Dorel Asia toll free at 866-762-2304 or go to their website( The Child Care Council of Kentucky always posts news of any issues concerning child care on our website(, twitter( @childcareofky), and facebook( search kids matter and child care council of ky, inc.).

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