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Southwest Florida parents warned of dangerous, defective baby cribs

More than half a million Stork Craft Baby Cribs pose an entrapment and suffocation risk, the federal government warned this month.

Florida injury lawyers and the child injury and defective product attorneys at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, urge parents to check their cribs to ensure infant safety.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has instructed customers to stop using the products immediately.

The recall impacts 535,000 cribs made my Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. and sold between May 2000 and November 2008. The cribs came in a variety of styles and finishes.

The metal support brackets holding the mattress and mattress board in place can break, causing a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails, according to the government.

The cribs were sold at major retailers, such as J.C. Penny, KMart and Walmart and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com and Walmart.com the CPSC said.

Stork Craft Manufacturing’s name, address and contact information, are located on the assembly instruction sheet, which is attached to the mattress support board. Some models also have the company enscribed on the teething rail.

Customers can contact Stork Craft at (866) 361-3321 to receive a free replacement kit. The company also can be reached online at www.storkcraft.com.

The CPSC also offers general crib safety tips, which parents can find here.

Companies have a duty to make sure their consumer products meet certain safety standards. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a defective product, there are certain things you can do to help protect your rights. The product liability and defective product attorneys at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, offer free appointments to discuss your rights at any of the firm’s offices throughout Southwest Florida, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Arcadia, Sebring, Port Charlotte and Venice.