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‘Alexander Designs’ Brand Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at JCPenney


Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. –  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Alexander Designs Ltd. brand drop-side cribs

Units: About 11,400

Manufacturer: Jardine Enterprises Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan

Distributor: J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas

Hazard: The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib. Drop-side rail failures also can occur due to incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear. Other models of Jardine drop-side cribs were recalled for repair on June 24th, 2010. (

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received two reports of incidents involving drop-side malfunctions on Alexander Designs drop-side cribs. In one incident, which involved a crib that had been misassembled, the plastic hardware broke and the drop-side rail fell unexpectedly. In a second incident, a hardware failure caused the drop-side rail to detach from the crib. No injuries were reported. 

Description: This recall involves full-size cribs sold under the Alexander Designs brand name. “Alexander Designs Ltd.” and the JCPenney catalog/item number are printed on a label on the crib’s headboard. The following models are included:

Model Name JCPenney Item Number(s) Color  
Alexander 3-in-1 Crib 343-8359 honey pine  
  343-8359 white  
Alexander Classic Crib 343-8180 cherry  
  343-8180 honey pine  
  343-8180 white  
Alexander Sleigh Crib 343-8802 cherry  
  343-8802 white  

Alexander Designs Label

Sold through: JCPenney printed catalogs and online at from March 2003 through April 2007 for about $200.00.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the cribs and obtain a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child’s age.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Jardine at 800-295-1980 anytime or visit the firm’s website at

Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for parts separating. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.  Please tell us about it by visiting

Firm’s Recall Hotline: 800-295-1980  
CPSC Recall Hotline: 800-638-2772  
CPSC Media Contact: 301-504-7908  




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