By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas
Parents try to do everything they can to keep their infants and toddlers safe. This means securing them in highchairs during meals, buckling them into strollers on walking trips, and placing them in child safety seats when traveling in a car. But a major retailer has discovered that one of its products places young children in danger at a time when they are thought to be in the safest place possible: in their cribs at home.
JC Penney, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling over eleven thousand Alexander Designs “drop-side” cribs. The reason is that these cribs, which have one side which drops down to allow easier access to the child, can pose a safety hazard to their occupants. These Alexander Designs products, which were sold exclusively through JC Penney catalogs and through the retailer’s website, were manufactured by Taiwan-based Jardine Enterprises.
According to the CPSC, the rail hardware on the drop side of these cribs can break or fail. This can create a gap between the drop side and the crib’s mattress in which a child can become trapped or wedged. An infant or toddler which climbs or falls into this gap can suffocate or be strangled. Two incidents have been reported of the drop side of the crib malfunctioning.
The recall affects Alexander Classic, 3-in-1, and Sleigh Cribs in white, cherry, or honey pine. These products were sold for about $200 each from March of 2003 through April of 2007. Consumers are urged to stop using the cribs immediately and contact JC Penney for a free rail repair kit.
If your child has been injured because of a defective product, you should contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible.
About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.