The federal government is recalling more than two-million cribs across the nation over safety concerns that have resulted in multiple injuries and deaths.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall affects more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs manufactured by Stork Craft -- a Canadian-based company that also sells cribs carrying the Fisher-Price logo.
Regulators have found the cribs' drop-side has faulty plastic hardware and are urging caregivers to stop using the recalled cribs right away.
The recall only involves cribs that utilize plastic hardware and the one-hand, drop-side system.
The CPSC says incidents include 15 entrapments -- 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation, including a nine-month old in the Bronx.
In a prepared statement, the agency said injuries related to the recall "ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws."
"What happens is that the top of the drop side remains attached to the crib but the bottom becomes loose so that there is a gap at the bottom of side so the baby can literally roll off of his mattress and become entrapped in the space between the bottom of the side and the mattress," said Diane Debrovner of Parents Magazine.
Regulators say parents should stop using the recalled cribs immediately.
"You should not let your baby sleep in that crib and you should find a safe sleep environment for your baby and that doesn't mean bringing your infant into bed with you, it means using a bassinet if your baby is small enough, using a travel crib/pack-and-play for your baby to sleep in until you know that your crib is safe," Debrovner said.
The CPSC is also considering new rules for making cribs safer and could move to ban drop-side cribs altogether.
Suffolk County on Long Island has become the first in the nation to ban the sale of drop-side baby cribs. The law was signed today, but does not go into effect until February.
Regulators are urging parents not to try to fix the recalled cribs on their own without the kits.
To receive a repair kit, parents can call Stork Craft at 1-877-274-0277 or visit storkcraft.com.
While this is the largest recall of its kind, parenting experts say crib recalls are not uncommon. Experts say there have been 19 of them since 2007 with 75 percent having something to do with drop-side cribs.
For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov.