- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that
Baby's Dream Furniture Inc., of Buena Vista, Ga., agreed to pay a $200,000
civil penalty. The penalty resolves charges that the company violated the
Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to timely report defects with its
"Generation" oak model cribs.
Dream received nine reports of amputation, laceration and crushing
of the fingertips associated with this problem before it reported to
CPSC alleges that Baby's Dream Furniture failed to report in a timely
manner that its drop gate hinge design (a hinged top rail that folds down,
rather than a side rail that slides down, providing access to baby) can
trap and sever a baby's fingertips. Baby's Dream received nine reports of
amputation, laceration and crushing of the fingertips associated with this
problem before it reported to CPSC. Eight of the injuries were to babies
and one was to an adult.
About 13,000 of these cribs were sold nationwide from December 1994
through June 1997 for $500 to $700. The crib can be adapted to a youth or
Baby's Dream recalled the Generation oak model crib in February 1998 and
offered a free repair kit that contained a new hinge. Consumers using the
Generation oak model crib with the original hinge should stop using the
crib immediately, and call Baby's Dream toll-free at (800) 835-2742 to
order the free repair kit.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release