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February 10, 1995

Release # 95-076
CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext.1191

CPSC, Okla Homer Smith Furniture Announce Crib Side Rail Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Okla Homer Smith Furniture Manufacturing Company of Fort Smith, Ark., is recalling and replacing drop side rails that have missing or loose slats on certain models of its cribs. A child's head can get caught in the loose or missing slats, presenting an entrapment hazard.

In September 1993, a child died in an Okla Homer Smith crib with a missing slat that was used in a homeless shelter. The company has received additional complaints of loose or missing slats, a few of which have resulted in minor injuries (scratches and bruises) to children.

The following models of cribs manufactured between April 1992 and December 1993 may have missing or loose side rail slats: 30562, 80005, 80007, 80010, 80012, 80023, 80029, 80035, 80038, 80054, 80056, 80057, 80068, 80090. About 278,000 cribs, sold nationwide at mass merchandise and juvenile specialty stores for about $100 are subject to this recall.

Consumers should check the bottom of the crib headboard below the mattress for the model number and manufacture date. Owners of cribs with the above models should check the drop side rail slats to make sure the slats are secure. If the rail slats are missing or feel loose, consumers should contact the company to arrange for a free drop side rail replacement or retrofit kit.

DO NOT USE A CRIB WITH MISSING SLATS. Consumers owning cribs subject to this recall are urged to call the company for a free retrofit kit to make sure the slats remain secure.

For more information, consumers should contact Okla Homer Smith Furniture Manufacturing Company at (800)261-3440 or write Okla Homer Smith Furniture Manufacturing Company, P.O. Box 1148, 416 South Fifth Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to