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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 1997

Release # 97-125
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Coaster Company of America Inc. Announce Recall of Baby Cribs

CPSC, Coaster Company of America Inc. Announce Recall of Baby CribsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Coaster Company of America Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is recalling 1,856 full-size metal baby cribs. There are two models of cribs being recalled. The cribs pose entrapment or choking hazards to babies that could lead to serious injury or death.

CPSC and Coaster Company of America Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these cribs. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Coaster Company of America Inc. is recalling 912 full-size white metal cribs (item no. 2364). Some of these cribs have slat spacing greater than 2-3/8 inches and all of these cribs have scrolls along the top of the crib. Babies could be strangled if their heads become entrapped between the slats. In addition, babies could be seriously injured or strangled if their clothing gets caught on the scrolls or if their limbs get caught in the spaces around the scrolls. Finally, the plastic end caps covering the ends of each scroll could separate, presenting a small parts choking hazard to babies.

The cribs are on wheels and are made of metal with a white enamel finish. Plastic gold end caps cover the ends of each scroll. There are two or three stickers on the end of the mattress support. The orange sticker is labeled in part, "Warning: Failure to follow these warnings and the assembly instructions could result in injury or death..." The yellow sticker is labeled in part, "Warning: Any mattress used in this crib must be at least 17 1/4 inches...by 51 5/8 inches...with a thickness not exceeding 6 inches..." Some cribs have an additional white sticker that is labeled in part, "Coaster Co. of America...Los Angeles, CA...Item No. 2364...Made in Mexico..." The crib is packaged in a cardboard box. Assembly is required.

Coaster Company of America Inc. is also recalling 944 full-size white metal cribs (item no. 2368). These cribs have slat spacing greater than 2-3/8 inches and a side rail latching device that could be accidentally activated by a baby. Babies could be strangled if their heads become entrapped between the slats. In addition, babies could be seriously injured if they accidentally activate the side rail latching device and become trapped or fall out of the crib.

The cribs are on wheels and are made of metal with a white enamel finish. There is a small silver sticker on the end rail that is labeled in part, "Coaster Co. of America...Santa Fe Springs, CA...Made in Taiwan..." The crib may not have a model number on it or other labeling information. The crib is packaged in a cardboard box. Assembly is required.

Both models of cribs were sold by small independent retail stores nationwide, including furniture, mattress, baby, gift, and appliance stores, for about $169 to $199. The crib with scrolls (item no. 2364) was sold from June 1996 through April 1997. The crib without scrolls (item no. 2368) was sold from January 1995 through December 1996.

Consumers should stop using the cribs immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund or replacement. For more information, consumers should call Coaster Company of America Inc. at (800) 221-9699, extension 157 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

Consumers and the media can contact Jesús Chaírez at (214) 827-6239 for Spanish language services or to obtain a copy of this press release in Spanish.

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 report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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