Dream On Me Cribs Recalled

May 25, 2011

Filed under: Recalls — Baby Eco Trends @ 2:57 pm

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dream on Me, Inc. have recalled approximately 22,000 full size and portable drop side cribs.  The cribs, made in China, were sold between 2006 & 2009 for $150-$200 at Toys R Us, Walmart and Target stores as well as Amazon.com.  BabyEcoTrends.com has never sold this crib or any other Dream on Me, Inc products.

In the case of the Dream on Me Full Size Cribs, “drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. A child can also fall out of the crib.”  If the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between in which an infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation.

As for the Dream on Me Portable Cribs, the drop-side rail hardware can also “break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib or fall unexpectedly.”  In addition, the portable crib mattress support hardware can break easily ” and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the cribs.”

  • Dream on Me Full-Size Crib model numbers being recalled:  613, 615, 616, 617, 619, 628 & 639.  The model # and “Dream on Me Inc.” are printed inside an end panels, manufactured between January 2006 and December 2009.
  • Dream on Me Portable Crib model numbers being recalled:  621, 625 & 627.  The model # and “Dream on Me Inc.” are printed on the mattress board, manufactured between August 2007 and February 2009.

The manufacturer is providing free kits for their full-size cribs that will immobilize the drop side.  Portable cribs will be replaced with portable cribs with fixed sides.

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Bunk Beds That Have Never Been Recalled

May 7, 2011

Filed under: Amish Baby Furniture,Product Reviews,Recalls — Baby Eco Trends @ 3:05 pm

On Friday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) & Dorel Asia recalled to repair bunk beds due to collapse & fall hazards after receiving reports of side rails cracking or breaking.  The bunk beds were made in Vietnam & sold through Walmart, Kmart & Target from 2004 to 2009 for about $190.  You can read the details here.

The pictures look nice & that price tag seems unbeatable.  But we can’t help think “If it sounds too good to be true, it is”.  How can a wooden bunk bed (two twin beds) traveling 6000-8000 miles or more retail for under $200?  After the material, labor, transportation/distribution & import costs are calculated, isn’t is safe to assume they would total more than $200 wholesale, not to mention the retail cost?  The logical conclusion is that a lot of short cuts are taken along the way and that’s what keeps the CPSC busy issuing recalls.

Like our solid wood baby cribs & furniture, all of our bunk beds, twin beds & children’s case goods are made in the USA.  All pieces in Baby Eco Trends baby & children’s furniture collections are bench crafted by expert builders.  Our furniture builders do not simply nail pieces together, but rather use joinery that requires true craftsmanship.  Each piece is fully inspected by the shop owner before it is approved for shipping.

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The materials used in our solid wood baby furniture, bunk beds, twin beds & children’s case goods are sourced in the USA from responsibly managed forests.  The glues & adhesives are non toxic, formaldehyde free & water based; water based paints are available and stains are the lowest VOC available.

Our furniture builders do not count on mass production & volume sales but rather satisfied customers that refer family & friends.  They take great pride in adhering to old fashioned woodworking techniques & standards and build their furniture to last several lifetimes.  Baby Eco Trends baby furniture & children’s furniture is made of the highest quality materials available and have never been subject to recalls.  When you see the quality for yourself, it becomes obvious why.

Arm’s Reach Concepts Infant Bed-Side Sleepers May Pose a Hazard

April 6, 2011

Filed under: Recalls — Baby Eco Trends @ 9:45 am

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced yesterday that Arm’s Reach Concepts Infant Bed-Side Sleepers (manufactured by Arm’s Reach Concepts Inc in China) could pose a hazard to babies if installed improperly.  If the liner is not used or assembled improperly, the Infant Bed Side Sleepers (aka Co Sleepers) pose entrapment, suffocation and risk of falls.  So far 10 reports of babies falling from the raised mattress or becoming entrapped between the edge & side of the co sleeper.  No injuries have been reported.

Approximately 76,000 Arm’s Reach Concepts Infant Bed-Side Sleepers were sold between 1997 & 2001 with the following model numbers:

Original model numbers:      8108, 8133, 8111, 8112 & 8199
Universal model numbers:    8311

BabyEcoTrends.com has never carried this products but it was sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us and other retail stores nationwide for about $160.  Consumers my contact Arm’s Reach Concepts to download assembly instructions or may request printed instructions via postal mail.


IKEA SNIGLAR Cribs Recalled

February 18, 2011

Filed under: Recalls — Baby Eco Trends @ 12:08 pm

Yesterday the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with IKEA Home Furnishings announced a voluntary recall of the IKEA SNIGLAR cribs (fixed sides, full size cribs with model number 60091931), manufactured in Romania.  The words “SNIGLAR, IKEA” and the model number are printed on a label attached to the mattress support.  The CPSC states that consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

In the US, approximately 20,000 SNIGLAR crib were sold exclusively at IKEA stores from October 2005 through June 2010 for about $80.  No incidents or injuries have been reported but the cribs do pose an entrapment & suffocation hazard.  The four bolts provided with some SNIGLAR cribs to secure the mattress support are not long enough and can cause the mattress support to detach and collapse, creating a risk of entrapment and suffocation.

According to the CPSC’s website: “Consumers should stop using the crib immediately and check the crib. If the mattress support bolts extend through the nut, the bolts are the proper length and the crib is not included in the recall. If the bolt does not extend through the nut, the crib is included in the recall. Contact IKEA for a free repair kit for recalled cribs. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child’s age.”

Baby Crib Recalls – The Astronomical Cost of Cheap

June 25, 2010

Filed under: Recalls — Baby Eco Trends @ 11:30 pm

Yesterday’s recall of over 2 million baby cribs was just one more in a long series of troubling crib recalls.  When shopping for a crib, parents rightfully assume that if a crib is being offered to consumers, it must have proven to be safe enough for newborns.  Not to mention that even the most economically priced baby crib can be a large financial investment.  Parents do not expect to spend hundreds of dollars & worry every time baby goes down for the night or for a nap.

If you enter the term “crib recall” into the search field of Consumer Reports, you will find a long list of crib recalls that seem to be growing in frequency.  170,000 cribs made by C&T International/Sorelle (sold under the name Golden Baby) were recalled in May of this year.  Simplicity cribs were recalled in April of this year & the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned, ” Do not attempt to fix these cribs”, better to simply remove them from the house.  217,000 Graco cribs (made by LaJobi) were also recalled in April of this year.  The CPSC issued a recall on Generation 2 Worldwide and Childesigns Generation 2 Worldwide and Childesigns full-size cribs in February of this year & was expanded to include their portable crib in March.  In November of 2009, 2.1 million Stork Craft baby cribs were recalled due to “entrapment & suffocation”.

In the last five years, the CPSC has issued 11 recalls on more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards.  Although some were malfunctioning due to improper installation, the vast majority were the result of design flaws.  When the drop side detaches from the crib frame, a gap forms between the mattress & the side.  It’s very easy to imagine the danger this poses to babies.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is working on federal legislation that would permanently ban all drop side cribs.  Consumer Reports supports this legislation.  We, at BabyEcoTrends.com support new standards on drop side cribs but not an outright ban.  We would actually like to see raised standards even for fixed side cribs, but that’s another story.

A drop side baby crib (when built properly) can be a very useful feature – especially for vertically challenged parents.  We feel it’s important to point out that the recalls have been on baby cribs built overseas & almost all were Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) certified; the only one not JPMA certified were the cribs built by Jardine Enterprises of Taipei.  It’s also important to keep in mind that the last round of recalls included mattress supports & some fixed side cribs.  Instead of throwing out the baby with the bath water, it may be more helpful to demand better quality construction of the things we generally accept as safe for baby.

We stand behind our drop side cribs as do the manufacturers that build them for us right here in the USA.  Our manufacturers have never recalled their items & when you see them with your own eyes, it’s easy to see why.  Our manufacturers work on small production scales & build our cribs to last for several generations.  In addition to drop side cribs, they build cribs with fixed sides as well as a few with a drop gate – a happy medium between drop & fixed sides.  Even if you do not plan to use them for more than one baby, the peace of mind is well worth the small investment.

Of course, this gives me an opportunity to drag out the soap box.  Buying American made means you can rest assured your baby is safe while also keeping jobs in our neighborhoods, to say nothing of the difference in the carbon footprint.  Buying a cheap imported crib may result in a high price no one should have to pay.

If you have a crib made by one of the following from 2000 to 2009, contact the manufacturer for further assistance:
Child Craft
Delta Enterprise Corp
Jardine Enterprises
Million Dollar Baby
Simmons Juvenile Products Inc

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