September 30, 1997
Release # 97-195
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, J.C. Penney Announce Recall of
Francisca Full-Size Baby Cribs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), J.C. Penney of Plano, Texas, is recalling about
6,000 Francisca full-size wooden baby cribs. The cribs' side rail spindles are too short
and can loosen and separate, creating a space greater than 2-3/8 inches between the slats.
Babies could be strangled if their heads become entrapped between the slats. In addition,
babies could be seriously injured if they fall out of the crib.
CPSC is aware of four reports of missing or loose
side rail spindles. No injuries have been reported.
There are two crib models being recalled: model
343-3935 and model 343-4065 sold under the Francisca brand name. The cribs are available
in either a hardwood or cherry finish. The manufacturer's identification, which includes
the model number, is located on the bottom of the mattress support.
J.C. Penney Catalogs sold the cribs from August
1996 through April 1997 for about $200.
Consumers should stop using these cribs
immediately. Consumers should return the crib to the nearest J.C. Penney store to receive
a refund or replacement crib. If consumers cannot get to a store, they can receive the
refund or replacement by calling J.C. Penney at (800) 709-5777. This number is operational
24 hours a day.
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,
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