Bassett recalls 90K cribs, citing dangerous rails

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday announced another crib recall, saying about 90,000 Bassettbaby cribs are unsafe because their moveable sides could detach from the crib.

More than 9 million cribs have been recalled since 2005 because of potential problems with "drop side" rails, which move up and down to make it easier for parents to lift a child out of the crib. Since 2000, at least 32 infants or toddlers have suffocated or strangled after those rails detached, creating a space between the side of the crib and the mattress. Children can also fall out of the crib if the rail is detached.

The agency said Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. is taking the cribs off the market voluntarily, and that parents should stop using them immediately and contact the company for a kit that will stop the rail from moving. The Bassettbaby cribs have been on the market since January 2000. No injuries or deaths have been reported, but the agency said it is aware of one case in which a baby became stuck between the mattress and the side of the crib.

The agency said received it reports of 18 cases of Bassettbaby drop side rails detaching, and it received 154 reports of plastic drop side hardware breaking during shipping, assembly, or use.

The cribs are made of wood, with a metal mattress support. The cribs are sold at stores and online for $200 to $500 each. They are made in China, Croatia, Slovenia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Bassett Furniture Industries is based in Bassett, Va.

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