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Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

From the US Consumer Product Safety Commission:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs, wait for the free repair kit, and do not attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side.

The cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side 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 suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.

CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.

This recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. This recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side. This recall does not involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware.

This recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009. This recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the “Fisher-Price” logo, this logo can be found on the crib’s teething rail, in the manufacturer’s instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.

Major retailers in the United States and Canada sold the recalled cribs including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia.

For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to http://www.storkcraft.com

Read this recall in its entirety on CPSC site.

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400,000 cribs recalled after 8-month-old dies – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 cribs that put babies at risk of death by suffocation.

The commission said consumers should stop using the cribs immediately.

400,000 cribs recalled after 8-month-old dies – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com.

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Safe Online Social Networking for Kids

According to Pew Internet Life Project, over half (55%) of teens aged 12-17 use online social networking sites. The most notable of these are Myspace and Facebook. While MySpace and Facebook have their place in the online landscape, most would agree that the dangers of children using MySpace and Facebook far outweigh the benefits. As a professional, online social networking is more valuable than any rolodex ever was. Networking online nurtures the professional skills necessary to compete for jobs. Kids need these skills, but you wouldn’t teach appreciation for music via Eminem’s music, right?girl on computer

These numbers speak for themselves.

In the US alone:

  • 1 in 5 kids are sexually solicited online. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • Of 600,000 registered sex offenders, 29,000 were found on a single social networking site. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • 1 in 8 youth have communicated online with an adult pretending to be much younger. (Polly Klass Foundation)
  • Almost half of kids age 12-17 report cyber-bullying incidents, and only 10% tell an adult about it. (UCLA Study, CNet News)
  • 16 percent have created private e-mail addresses or social networking profiles to hide what they do online from their parents. (Harris Interactive-McAfee 10/2008)
  • 63 percent of teens said they know how to hide what they do online from their parents. (Harris Interactive-McAfee 10/2008)
  • 43 percent have closed or minimized the browser at the sound of a parental step. (Harris Interactive-McAfee 10/2008)
  • 11 percent have unlocked/disabled/ parental/filtering controls. (Harris Interactive-McAfee 10/2008)
  • 52 percent of teens have given out personal information online to someone they don’t know offline including personal photos and/or physical descriptions of themselves (24 percent). Double the number of teen girls have shared photos or physical descriptions of themselves online as boys. (34 percent girls vs. 15 percent boys) (Harris Interactive-McAfee 10/2008)
  • 20 percent of teens have engaged in cyberbullying behaviors, including posting mean or hurtful information or embarrassing pictures, spreading rumors, publicizing private communications, sending anonymous e-mails or cyberpranking someone. (Harris Interactive-McAfee 10/2008)

Concerned? Me too.

I’ve had the chance to check out Yoursphere, an online community for kids aged 9 to 18, is designed to provide a supportive, youth-centric online community where healthy peer-to-peer relationships are encouraged and rewarded. The result is an online home where kids can be kids and parents have peace of mind.

dangerYour kids deserve a social networking site where creepers – predators, sex offenders, pornographers, and anyone hiding being a fake profile – are not welcome. Yoursphere.com

So how does Yoursphere work? Parents consent to their kids’ participation in Yoursphere by registering and then undergoing an identity, age-verification, and sex offender status-check through NetIDMe. Yoursphere is the only youth-only social networking site that is certified by Privacy Vaults Online Inc. (PRIVO), part of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Safe Harbor Program. Yoursphere is further devoted to protect, assist and provide online safety education to members and their parents/guardians through a dedicated on-staff task force comprised of former state and federal law enforcement officials.

In the case of Yoursphere, safety and peace of mind comes at a modest cost. I think the success of subscription-based Yoursphere will ultimately be dependent on the acceptance of the site among kids. If their friends aren’t participating, neither will they.

Since we know that keeping kids off MySpace and Facebook present a difficult and unique challenge, give Yoursphere a chance, I think you’ll feel comfortable, and your kids will feel at home, too.

Save $5 off of an annual subscription by using promo code YSIN-CONY.


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