By: Staff Writers | Published: February 18th, 2011
About 26,000 IKEA cribs are being recalled because some were sold with bolts that may be too short to secure the mattress support, which could cause them to collapse and pose a risk of serious injury or entrapment for an infant.
The IKEA crib recall was announced on Thursday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for the SNIGLAR cribs.
Four bolts contained in the packaging for the crib are supposed to secure the mattress support. However, some of the cribs were shipped with bolts that are not long enough. If the mattress support detaches, then the crib could collapse, creating a risk of entrapment and suffocation for the child in the crib.
The IKEA crib recall affects 20,000 units sold in the United States and another 6,000 sold in Canada. The recall affects all SNIGLAR non-drop-side, full-size cribs. The cribs have SNIGLAR and model number 60091931 printed on a label attached to the mattress support. The cribs are made of natural and light-colored wood.
The SNIGLAR cribs were sold at IKEA stores in the U.S. and Canada from October 2005 through June 2010 for about $80 and were made in Romania.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the cribs and check them to see if the mattress support bolts extend through the nut. If they do, then they are the proper length and not affected by the recall. If they do not extend through the nut, the consumer should contact IKEA for a free repair kit and should find alternate sleeping arrangements for any child using the recalled crib.
Consumers with questions can visit IKEA’s website at www.ikea-usa.com or call 1-888-966-4532.
The recall came on the same day a study was published in the medical journal Pediatrics that found that almost 100,000 infants and toddlers are hurt in cribs and playpens every year. The injuries are usually the result of falls.
The researchers looked at data on emergency room visits from 1990 to 2008 and found an average of about 26 infant and toddler injuries per day that could be linked to cribs, playpens, play yards, bassinets and similar infant and toddler furniture. There were at least 2,140 infant and toddler deaths as well, but researchers cautioned that the number could be higher because they did not factor in deaths of children who did not receive emergency room treatment.