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Drop-side cribs recalled after 6 infants hurt

WASHINGTON - About 170,000 drop-side cribs are being recalled after six infants were injured.

The cribs were manufactured in Italy, Latvia, Brazil, China and Vietnam and distributed nationwide between January 2000 and March 2010 by C&T International/Sorelle of East Rutherford, N.J., which also distributed under the name Golden Baby Inc.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said parents and caregivers should immediately stop using the cribs because faulty hardware can cause the cribs' drop sides to partially or fully detach. If they partially detach, it creates a space between the side and the mattress where a child can be trapped and strangled. If they fully detach, the child can fall out of the crib.

Additionally, the cribs' slats can detach, also allowing children to be trapped or fall.

There have been 104 reports of detached drop sides and slats on these cribs, including 11 reports of infants being trapped or falling. The six infants hurt had bruises and abrasions.

The CPSC has been stepping up efforts to speed recalls of products like cribs and toys.

"This is a preventative recall/repair to ensure no injuries occur in the future," C&T International/Sorelle said in a statement on its website. "Safety is, and always has been, our top priority as evidenced through this voluntary effort."

-Combined wire reports

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