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After three reports of infants suffocating between drop-side cribs and their mattresses, about 500,000 Generation 2 and Childesigns cribs are being recalled by government regulators due to faulty plastic hardware.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the cribs’ plastic parts can break, causing the drop side to detach and creating a space in which infants can get trapped, strangled or can suffocate.

Of 20 other problems with the cribs, reported as early as 2002, there were two cases of entrapment including one that caused bruises, and five reports of children falling out of the cribs, including one case resulting in a broken arm.  Additionally, there were eight reports that mattress supports detached.

Generation 2, the manufacturer of the cribs, went out of business in 2005, according to the CPSC, but these cribs may still be in use and all are being recalled. They were first sold at retailers including Buy Buy Baby, Kmart (Stock Quote: SHLD) and Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT) nationwide for between $60 and $160, the CPSC reports.

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Separately, about 360,000 Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps are being recalled due to fire and burn hazards. A defect in the lamp’s circuit board can cause an electrical short, according to the CPSC. There have been nine reports of problems involving the lamps, including reports that the lamps caught fire and caused smoke inhalation and property damage.

The lamps were sold for about $10 at retailers including department, drug and hardware stores nationwide and online between July 2009 and January 2010.

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