Parents of Infant Who Died In Faulty Crib Sues

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Parents of 7-month-old Reese Morgan, an infant who died in a recalled Stork Craft cribs have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

According to the family attorney, the 7-month-old infant died as a result of a defect in the drop-side rail on the crib. A space was created between the rail and the mattress, causing the infant’s body to become stuck and leading to suffocation. Stork Craft recalled 2.1 million cribs in November after the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission looked at 15 cases of child entrapment, four of which resulting in death.

There were over 110 known incidents of the drop-side rail detaching from the crib, causing a serious hazard for infants. These have all occurred in cribs with a drop-side plastic trigger and the one-hand-system. Richard Arsenault, an attorney for the Morgan family, was quoted as saying:

“Families put their faith in companies to create safe products. Consumers must be able to rely on manufacturers to act responsibly. As new parents, you try to protect your child from injuries. Now you find yourself in a situation where conduct over which you had no control leads to tragedy.”

The defective Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009, many of which were sold with a Fisher Price logo. The cribs were sold at most major retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, including J.C. Penny, Kmart, Sears and Wal-Mart.

Officials are advising parents who have these cribs to discontinue use immediately and contact Stork Craft to request a repair kit. You can contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 or via their website, – Summer, staff writer

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Summer is a mom of three, living life in the slow lane along historic Route 66. She writes, homeschools, gardens, and is still trying to learn how to knit.

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  1. Jennifer K says:

    Wow, I can’t believe how careless some companies can be. Right now I am in the process of getting my son a new crib. Right now he has a metal one from cosco, and I don’t like it because it wobbles. I have no problems with it, even though it was second hand, I just don’t like how the metal does not hold itself as well as wood does. So I am looking into a wooden crib right now. It will also be second hand (because I was a “stupid teenager who messed up and got pregnant in high school”, but I did something that most of them don’t do, I took responsibility for my actions, graduated high school, and now take care of my healthy baby boy, with his loving father. Even though we have no money, he is going to shool, and next year I will start school again for pediatrics. But we love him and take care of him best we can, even if that means he only gets second hand things.)

    Oh and I have noticed some recalls are just parents being stupid. Like the Graco stroller recall. HELLO PARENTS! All you have to do is buckle your child in, when you put them in the stroller, or they will try to get out, and they will end up getting hurt! Some recalls make me SOOO angry, because it is just parents stupidity, then blaiming it all on the company!

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