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February 17, 1999

Cosco Recalls Crib Mattresses

Cosco Recalls Crib MattressesColumbus, IN (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cosco Inc. is recalling about 62,000 mattresses sold with tubular metal cribs. When a baby stands up in the crib, the mattress can compress and be pushed between the bars on the crib's platform. The baby can slip between the bars on the crib's platform and become entrapped.

Cosco has received 12 complaints of mattresses compressing and entrapping babies. An 11-month old baby boy died after becoming entrapped.

Cosco is offering consumers a $25 check for consumers to purchase a new mattress on their own.

The mattresses were sold with Cosco model "M" tubular metal cribs, manufactured from July 1994 through September 1997. The "M" is the third character in the model number. The model number and manufacturing date are stamped on a label on the bottom of the crib's end panel. The cribs come in a variety of colors, including red, white, mixed primary and mixed pastels. "Cosco" is written on the crib's label and on the mattress' tag. The date of delivery also is written on the mattress' tag. Mass merchandise and juvenile products stores nationwide sold these cribs and mattresses for up to $150.

Consumers should immediately stop using the crib or place a board, measuring 51 5/8 inches long by 27 1/4 inches wide, between the crib's mattress and platform. Consumers should contact Cosco at (800) 221-6736 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or at to participate in this recall. Cosco will help consumers identify whether their cribs are involved in this recall. Once they get the new mattress, they should destroy the old mattress by cutting it into at least three pieces.

Cosco model "M" cribs manufactured after September 1997 have a different mattress and model "T" cribs are sold without mattresses. Neither of these cribs are involved in this recall.

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