ToysRus crib can strangle cut drop child

On July 25, 2011 the Shermag Chanderic Michelle Convertible Fixed Rail Crib has had an expansion of May 2011 Product Recall.

This recall involves the Chanderic Michelle Convertible fixed rail crib available in walnut or white. This recall also includes all product replacement distributed to consumers between May 2011 and July 2011.

The affected cribs can be identified by the following UPC, model and product numbers:

  • Model 721298 Product Number 8A5B2B25 UPC 773378141872 Manufacturer Code 2302.48.45
  • Model 721050 Product Number A12BA318 UPC 773378140462 Manufacturer Code 2302.48.w8

The crib name, model number, and "Shermag Inc" can be found on the assembly instruction sheet that is attached to the crib's mattress support board, as well as at the bottom of the crib's headboard.

What is the danger?

The crib's wooden slats can splinter or crack which can pose a laceration hazard to infants and toddlers. In addition, the crib's wooden slats can break which can pose a strangulation, entrapment and fall hazard to infants and toddlers.

Health Canada is aware of two complaints related to the Shermag Chanderic Michelle Convertible Collection cribs. No injuries have been reported.

What should I do?

You should carefully examine the crib for any signs of damage. If you determine that the slats are broken, loose, cracked, or splintering or that there are any other reasons for concern, you should immediately stop using the recalled crib and find an alternative safe sleeping environment for your baby.

You should immediately contact Shermag Inc. for a free product replacement or reimbursement. For more information, consumers may contact Shermag Inc. at 1-800-567-3419, from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.PM ET.
Number Sold

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 8,836 units of the affected cribs were sold exclusively at Toys'R US Canada nationwide.

The affected cribs were sold from December 2009 to July 2011.

These cribs were manufactured in China. The manufacturer is Shermag Inc. of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Insurance Answer

Good risk management with a focus on quality control should help prevent most claims. When a situation like this does occur then the cost of the product recall can be addressed through an insurance policy. If there is deemed to be a higher risk of injury, often seen with children's furniture, then you will likely see a higher than usual deductible for claims resulting from product injury.

Take control of your insurance. Talk to your broker or agent.