Million Dollar Baby Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—June 24, 2010. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Drop-Side cribs

Units: About 156,000

Distributor: Bexco Enterprises, Inc., d.b.a. Million Dollar Baby of Montebello, Calif.

Hazard: The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Million Dollar Baby have received 43 reports of drop side failures. There were eight reports of children being entrapped between the mattress and drop side resulting in three reports of bruises to the head or upper body. Additionally, three children fell out of the crib when the drop side failed but they were not injured.

Description: The following full-sized Million Dollar Baby cribs with drop sides are involved in the recall:

Drop-Side Hardware

Model Names and Numbers

Exposed hardware

Alexandria 4191
Alpha 591
Bailey 5201
Caleb 1701
Ellie 5401
Jenny Lind 371 / 391
Lauren (convertible) 4491
Lauren (pine) 5691
Lauren (w/ drawer) 4001
Lauren 4091
Naomi 4291
Oxford 2191
Pine 4-Poster 3991
Sleigh 2991
Twinkle 2301

M0391
M0591
M3691
M4191

Hidden hardware


Anastasia M4801
Annabelle 5901 / 5941
Kendall W5921
Kirsten M5941
Leonardo 3101
Michelangelo 3401
Robin M6001
Roxanne M5921 / 5941

The name “Million Dollar Baby,” the company logo and the crib’s serial number are printed on a label on the crib’s headboard.

Sold at: Children’s product stores and other retailers nationwide from January 2000 through March 2010 for between $100 and $330.

Manufactured in: Taiwan and China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Million Dollar Baby for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child’s age. Repair kits will be available to consumers within a few weeks.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Million Dollar Baby toll-free at (888) 673-6488 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.themdbfamily.com/safety

Note: More information about the special industry program to provide free immobilization kits.

Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

Visit CPSC’s Crib Information Center for more information on Crib Safety and Recalls.

Source: cpsc.gov