Delta Enterprises Crib Recall Linked with Infant Suffocation
Delta Enterprises Corporation is recalling more than 1.6 million defective cribs for faulty safety pegs in its drop-side crib models. This recall follows the entrapment and suffocation of two 8-month-old infants while they were in a Delta crib.
Government agencies, such as the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, are urging parents to fully evaluate their Delta drop-side models for any crib defects and to perform responsible maintenance.
Delta Crib Defects
The Delta crib recall is one of the biggest crib recalls in United States history. More than 985,000 defective products were sold from January 1995 to September 2007. In addition to the first model, more than 600,000 versions of a second defective model were sold from January 2000 to January 2007. Both of these models were sold at a variety of major retail outlets, including Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target.
Both of the suffocations involved infants who got stuck in a gap created when the moveable side came off of its guided track. The faulty safety pegs in these defective Delta cribs allow the drop-side part of the crib to create gaps that can lead infants to get their heads stuck and subsequently suffocate. People with these models should contact Delta Enterprises Corporation to receive replacement safety pegs.
In addition, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to:
- Return cribs with missing, broken or loose parts.
- Inspect and tighten crib hardware.
- Make sure any moving parts operate smoothly.
- Check for any gaps.
- Perform manufacturer-approved repairs.
Delta Crib Lawsuits and other Defective Product Lawsuits
In addition to the current recall, Delta Enterprises previously recalled thousands of cribs in 2005 due to hazardous levels of lead in the products’ paint. Following the large amount of crib recalls by Delta Enterprises, many families affected by defective crib models are eligible for compensation.
Defective products fall under strict liability laws, which do not need negligence to be proven in order for companies to be held liable. Under these laws, compensation may be awarded if the defective cribs are proven to be “unreasonably dangerous” and have caused harm.
If your family or someone you know has been affected by a defective crib, contact the experienced defective product lawyers of the Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz law firm at (844) 794-7402.