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CPSC chief pledges swift action after recall

November 25, 2009

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— The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday promised swift action to get dangerous products off the market, acknowledging that the agency didn’t move quickly enough on a record recall of more than 2 million cribs linked to four deaths.

“We were not advancing this case as quickly as possible,” Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said in an interview with The Associated Press. “So, I put all of the resources for the agency on this project so that they could accomplish this goal of recalling the crib.”

At issue are some 2.1 million drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft Manufacturing of Canada. Four infants suffocated in the cribs.

CPSC said the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada. Sales of the cribs being recalled date back to 1993 and nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.

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