Safety chief pledges to act after crib recall
(AP) - The head of the Consumer Product SafetyCommission on Tuesday promised swift action to get dangerous products off the market, acknowledging that the agency didn't move quickly enough on a record recall of more than 2 million cribs linked to four deaths.
"We were not advancing this case as quickly as possible,"Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said in an interview with The AssociatedPress. "So, I put all of the resources for the agency on thisproject so that they could accomplish this goal of recalling thecrib."
At issue are some 2.1 million drop-side cribs made by StorkCraft Manufacturing of Canada. Four infants suffocated in thecribs.
CPSC said the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the UnitedStates and almost 1 million in Canada. Sales of the cribs beingrecalled date back to 1993 and nearly 150,000 of the cribs carrythe Fisher-Price logo.
Stork Craft insisted Tuesday that its cribs meet all U.S. andCanadian safety standards.
The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured and distributed betweenJanuary 1993 and October 2009. They were sold at major retailersincluding BJ's Wholesale Club, Sears and Wal-Mart stores and onlinethrough Target and Costco.
In January, Stork Craft recalled about 500,000 cribs because ofproblems with the metal brackets that support the mattress.
Consumers can contact Stork Craft, 877-274-0277, to order thefree repair kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com.