The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a major recall of cribs today. Manufacturer LaJobi is recalling 217,000 Drop Side Cribs due to a malfunction that can pose a risk of suffocation and strangulation—an issue that the CPSC has recently cited in other brands of drop-side cribs as well.

Recall Date: April 29, 2010

Name of Product: Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi

Company/Brand: LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J.

The Hazard: CPSC is aware of 99 reports of drop-side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop-side detachment, which can create a hazardous gap between the drop side and the crib mattress where infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, putting them at risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock. In two of the reported incidents, children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side (both children were freed by their caregivers). There were also six reports of children falling due to drop-side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.