Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. is voluntarily recalling 2.1 million cribs after four suffocation deaths in the U.S. were linked to drop-down sides cribs, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yesterday.

The recall in the U.S. and Canada involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. Only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware, the manufacturer said.

Cribs without a drop-side and cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware have no risk.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs, wait for the free repair kit, and do not attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby, the agency stated today.

The cribs were sold for between $100 and $400 on the following retailers dating from 1993 through October 2009: BJ's Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com.

The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada, the CPSC stated late Monday.

Click here for the Consumer Product Safety Commission notice. .

Suffocation

The CPSC said that the crib's drop-side can detach for different reasons, creating a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress where children can become entrapped and this can lead to suffocation.

A total of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment were reported, 67 occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada, CPSC reported. Among those incidents a total of 15 entrapments occurred and four of them resulted in suffocation.