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Death of Cedar Rapids infant prompts massive crib recall

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The death of a six-month old child has prompted the recall of about 635,000 cribs sold by Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and other stores.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Tuesday of 20 models of Dorel Asia cribs with both drop-sides and fixed front rails.

The cribs are being recalled because the drop side can detach from the crib, creating a space where a child can be trapped and suffocate or strangle, and because a child can be trapped if one of the slats is broken or damaged.

A 6-month-old child from Cedar Rapids was strangled after getting trapped in the crib when the drop-side hardware broke.

CPSC and Barbados-based Dorel Asia SRL have received 31 reports of incidents involving drop-side cribs and 36 reports of broken slats.

For more information on the recall visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10114.html

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