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January 13th, 2009, 03:57 PM
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OTTAWA - Health Canada announced a massive crib recall on Tuesday, warning parents who purchased 494,000 Stork Craft cribs in Canada to find an "alternative, safe sleeping environment" for their babies if the support brackets show any signs of damage.

The metal brackets used to support the mattress frame can crack and break if stress is placed on them during incorrect installation, the department said in a statement. If they break, the mattress could collapse and create a gap between the mattress and crib rails where babies could become trapped and suffocate.
Health Canada Tuesday announced a recall of nearly 500,000 494,000 Stork Craft cribs. Parents were asked to find an “alternative, safe sleeping environment” for their babies if the support brackets show any signs of damage.
Health Canada Tuesday announced a recall of nearly 500,000 494,000 Stork Craft cribs. Parents were asked to find an “alternative, safe sleeping environment” for their babies if the support brackets show any signs of damage.

Health Canada has received one complaint about the metal mattress support bracket failing. No injury resulted from the incident, the department said, emphasizing the products meet current safety standards and the voluntary recall is a "precautionary measure."

The affected products, available at major retailers, were manufactured between May 2000 and November 2008.

In a statement, Richmond, B.C.-based Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. said even though the cribs meet or exceed the standards set by ASTM - an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for consumer products - the company made a design change last month to heavier brackets "to make the product the best it can be."

Stork Craft also emphasized that independent testing commissioned by the company determined that "not only did the brackets pass, they were safe to 12 times the ASTM standards. In other words, it took twelve complete cycles of the ASTM standards until a bracket broke."

The experts conducted other tests where they deliberately did not follow the assembly instructions and abused the brackets during assembly. They concluded that, "if the brackets are subject to extraordinary stress during inappropriate assembly, such as bending brackets back and forth, metal fatigue can occur and weaken the brackets," the company stated.

But even in such cases, the crib still passed, "in fact to four times ASTM standards."

Stork Craft is offering free replacement bracket kits.

In May 2006, Health Canada publicized another voluntary recall involving a different Stork Craft crib. The Sandra crib was found to have openings between spindles that could potentially allow a child's body to pass through and result in strangulation.

In that case, 1,200 cribs had been sold between July 2005 and December 2005 at Wal-Mart. Consumers were offered free replacement end boards.

In August 2005, Health Canada announced the voluntary recall of 2,210 Stork Craft toy boxes because the boxes lid support could fail, allowing the lid to suddenly collapse, posing a strangulation hazard. Free replacement lid supports were offered to consumers.
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January 13th, 2009, 06:19 PM
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Thanks for the info!!

Huge thanks to *Kiliki* for the FANTABULOUS new siggy!!
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January 14th, 2009, 06:44 AM
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thanks for the info
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January 21st, 2009, 09:13 AM
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ugh my baby is in a crib that has been recalled, and i have phoned and ordered the new parts but i am waiting for it to get here.....
IM so not looknig forward to taking apart the crib and putting it back together

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