October 5, 1995
Release # 96-001
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Gerry Baby Products Company Issue Warning
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerry Baby Products Company of Denver, Colo.,
is warning consumers that certain models of its Gerry Baby cribs can collapse if not
Gerry Baby Products Company has received 11 reports of cribs collapsing when children were
placed in cribs with incorrectly assembled side rails. Although no injuries have been
reported, if the crib's side rail is put on backwards, the mattress support could
collapse. As a result, a child can fall or slip through the space between the mattress
support and the bottom rail, resulting in serious injury, strangulation, or death. If the
crib is assembled according to manufacturer's instructions, there is no risk of collapse.
Gerry Baby Products Company sold 17,043 subject cribs nationwide between May and August
1994. Retail stores and nursery supply stores generally sold the product for about $90.
The unassembled cribs were sold in various shades of natural wood and were packaged in a
brown cardboard box labeled in part "Gerry Fold-Away Crib... Compact crib that folds
in seconds..." When fully assembled, the cribs measure 25.5 inches wide, 39.5 inches
long, 26.5 inches deep and 38 inches high.
Consumers who own Gerry Baby cribs model series 8200, 8300, and 8500 should check the
manufacturer's date code on a label attached to the crib's hinged mattress support.
Consumers should call Gerry Baby Products at (800) 525-2472 for assistance in determining
whether or not their crib has been properly put together. Gerry Baby Products will send
crib owners a supplemental instruction sheet to help them confirm correct assembly.
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
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