Largest Crib Recall Ever

Seven On Your Side
October 22, 2008 7:28:20 AM PDT
The recall covers Delta Enterprise cribs sold between 1995 all the way up to last year. So far, two, 8 month old babies have suffocated because of a problem, that's easily fixed. The good news is these cribs aren't for sale in retail stores. Rather, we found a bunch of recalled cribs on-line in auctions and other sites like Craig's List. One seller had no idea she was selling a potentially dangerous crib.

Amanda Victorino is selling her son's crib on Craig's List. She never knew it was part of the largest crib recall in history.

"It's scary to think that they had problems with the crib and thank God nothing happened," told crib owner Amanda Victorino to Seven On Your Side's Tappy Phillips.

Amanda's is one of 1.6 million cribs recalled by it's manufacturer, Delta Enterprise. The cribs were sold between 1995 and 2007. The problem centers on the moveable drop side of the crib.

"The drop side can fail and a hazardous gap that poses a strangulation or entrapment hazard," said Julie Vallese of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency behind the recall.

Disaster can happen after the drop side is lowered too far. Julie says, "If a baby pushes against the side then a hazardous gap can cause entrapment and suffocation."

But, in some cribs a small plastic clip is the remedy. "The problem is that these small pegs, can be broken or missing," explained the CPSC spokeswoman.

In other Delta Enterprise cribs it's a case where the peg becomes worn and fails. But, Delta is offering customers free replacement hardware to cure the problem.

"Whether it's one of these cribs or any other cribs, parents should do these once rover's and look and make sure that their hardware is in place and functioning," says Julie.

And where are these recalled cribs? We found many second hand models for sale on Ebay and Craig's List.

Julie Vallese says, "If you're looking for cribs on the second hand market, on an auction site, you do need to make sure that you are not buying a crib that has been recalled."

As for Amanda, we showed her how to order the replacement hardware on-line. So she can make her crib safe for sale.

Delta has a web site where you can order the replacement parts. The only way to find out for sure if you have one of the models affected is to look at the model number - either on the box or the crib itself.


For recall information:

Delta Enterprise Recall Hotline: 800-816-5304

Story by: Tappy Phillips
Produced by: Steve Livingstone