Friday, May 7, 2010

C&T International/Sorelle Recalls Cribs Due to Strangulation and Suffocation Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Drop-Side Cribs

Units: About 170,000

Distributor: C&T International Sorelle, of East Rutherford, New Jersey. Before 2003, the company also distributed under the name Golden Baby Inc.

Hazard: The cribs' drop-side hardware can disengage from the tracks, causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side partially detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. Complete detachment of the drop sides can lead to falls from the crib. In addition, slats can detach from the sides of the cribs. Infants and toddlers can then become entrapped, strangle or fall out of the crib.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and C&T/Sorelle have received reports of 104 incidents of drop-side and slat detachments in C&T/Sorelle drop-side cribs. Six infants received bruises and abrasions to the head, face, torso or leg from becoming entrapped or falling after the drop side collapsed. An additional five infants who were entrapped or fell were found by their parents and were not injured.

Description: This recall involves C&T International, Sorelle and Golden Baby wood cribs. The full-size cribs were sold in natural, white and cherry finishes. The model number and/or model name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard under the Caution statement.

Sold at: Children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from January 2000 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600.

Manufactured in: Italy, Latvia, Brazil, China and Vietnam

Remedy: CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact C&T/Sorelle to receive a free replacement kit. For four of the older models of the cribs - the Hampton, Jackie, Nina and Rita models -- the firm may be unable to supply a part to repair the crib and will, instead, provide consumers with a $100 voucher towards the purchase of another C&T product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact C&T/Sorelle toll-free at (877)791-9398 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at

Recalled Models Include:

Alessandra; Model Number 180
Alex 3 in 1; Model Number 910
Amelia; Model Number 185
Chelsea; Model Number 100
Federica; Model Number 170
Glenda/Toscana; Model Number 350
Hampton; Model Number 303
Jackie; Model Number 440
Jessica; Model Number 810
Lana; Model Number 240
Leonardo; Model Number 395
Marisa; Model Number 680
Martina; Model Number 135
Mirabella; Model Number 930
Nadia; Model Number 245
Natasha; Model Number 900
Nico; Model Number 630
Nina Pine; Model Number 710
Noelle; Model Number 999
Pagodina; Model Number 195
Rita; Model Number 490 - Manufactured between 2001 and October 2007
Rosa; Model Number 870
Rosemary; Model Number 925
Silver; Model Number 485

Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers.

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