IKEA cribs mattresses may collapse

Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:50pm EST
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Consumers should immediately stop using IKEA SNIGLAR brand cribs which can entrap and suffocate children if the mattress support detaches, the U.S. and Canadian governments said on Thursday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said in a joint statement that four of the bolts provided to secure the mattress support are not long enough and may collapse.

Although no incidents have been reported the statement urges parents to check immediately if the mattress support bolts extend through the nut. If not, consumers should contact IKEA for a free repair kit, the statement said.

About 20,000 of the non-drop-side, full-size cribs with model number 60091931 were sold in the United States and 6,000 in Canada.

The cribs were sold from October 2005 through June 2010 at IKEA stores throughout North America.

Crib-related accidents send 26 children to U.S. emergency rooms each day and result in more than 110 deaths annually, according to an analysis released this week of historical data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)