WASHINGTON. D.C. - Bassett Furniture is recalling about 90,000 Bassettbaby drop-side cribs. The cribs' drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. When a drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child also can fall out of the crib.
Bassett is aware of 18 incidents in which the drop-side malfunctioned or detached. In one incident, a child became trapped between the mattress and the drop-side. In three incidents, children fell out of the cribs. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled cribs have been sold nationwide since January of 2000.
If you have one of these cribs, you should stop using it immediately and contact Bassett for a free repair kit. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.