updated 6/24/2008 7:46:48 PM ET 2008-06-24T23:46:48

About 320,000 Jardine cribs sold by Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores were recalled Tuesday because four children became trapped.

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The wooden slats and spindles on the crib frames can break, allowing children to get trapped in the remaining gap. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 42 incidents of broken slats and spindles. This includes four instances of children getting trapped, two of whom suffered cuts and bruises.

The recalled cribs were manufactured in China and Vietnam by Jardine Enterprises and sold by Toys “R” Us Inc. retailers: KidsWorld stores, Geoffrey stores, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. KidsWorld and Geoffrey stores are not longer in operation, but sold the recalled cribs when they were open.

Earlier this year, Janine Nieman of East Stroudsburg, Pa. heard her son, Aiden, screaming first thing in the morning. She found him trapped with his body outside of the crib and his stuck head inside. One of the spindles had fallen out of the frame and he had slid through the gap up to his head. Nieman and her husband, Thomas, slid Aiden back into the crib. He came out of the ordeal shaken but uninjured.

Protecting the youngest consumers
“Anything that impacts the safety of children is of real importance,” said Nancy Nord, acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “This agency will not hesitate to recall products that are defective and we take very, very seriously our responsibility to our youngest consumers: babies and toddlers.”

Toys “R” Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh said the recall follows a comprehensive review by her company of all Jardine cribs. She said the company removed all Jardine cribs from their selling floors several weeks ago, when it first became aware of multiple complaints about broken slats.

“We are pleased with the swift action taken to effect a recall today by both Jardine and CPSC,” Waugh said. “The safety of the products we sell is of utmost importance.”

The cribs were sold around the country between January 2002 through May 2008.

For more information on the specific Jardine crib styles included in the recall, consumers can call 800-646-4106.

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