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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 1997

Release # 98-047
CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, B&B Stores Announce Recall of Mesh-Sided Cribs

CPSC, B&B Stores Announce Recall of Mesh-Sided CribsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), B&B Stores (also known as Velasco Alonso Inc.) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is recalling about 400 mesh-sided cribs. The mattress pad compresses, a gap can occur between the side panels and the bed frame, and the snaps can separate from the frame, presenting suffocation hazards. In addition, the side rails can bend, presenting an entrapment hazard.

CPSC and B&B Stores are not aware of any injuries involving these cribs. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The mesh-sided crib being recalled is made of white metal and has four red wheels. The crib has mesh sides and a mesh canopy that snaps onto the metal support bars. The canopy has a zipper. The mattress pad and the edges of the mesh enclosure are made of plastic.

B&B Stores in Puerto Rico sold these cribs from August 1996 through January 1997 for about $30.

Consumers should stop using these cribs immediately and return them to the B&B Store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call B&B Stores at (787) 878-0980 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

U.S. Customs and the Puerto Rico Department of Consumer Affairs alerted CPSC to this hazard.

Consumer inquiries in Spanish can be directed to CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772. Media inquiries in Spanish can be directed to Jésus Chaírez, CPSC, at (214) 827-6239.

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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