Jardine Enterprises, Ltd. is recalling about 11,400 “Alexander Designs” brand drop-side cribs, due to entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards. The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. Should that happen, a child can fall out of the crib or become stuck in the gap between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. No injuries were reported.
The cribs were sold exclusively at JC Penney. This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall of 130,000 Jardine drop-side cribs from June 24, 2010. Consumers should stop using the cribs immediately and obtain a free repair kit to immobilize the drop-side rail. Until the repair is made, parents should find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, like a bassinet, play yard, or toddler bed, depending on the child’s age and size.