I would like to know where I can purchase a dropside rail for my Pali Dauphine Crib. The Company no longer makes this particular crib and does not have any replacement parts for it in its warehouse. Please help me locate a rail.
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Did you try (800) 582-9359 ? I dont see a full size cribs in the recall as you noted, just the porta-cribs. The metal slat the releases the drop side is called a Kick Rail and it was a common design a long time ago. Remember that dropside cribs are now considered dangerous and illegal to sell, via the CPSC website. If you have decided to continue use of the crib, simply create an "L" bracket under the bottom of the dropside that will prohibit the side from lowering. Also note that the CPSC says any crib over 10 years old is considered unsafe. I have personally spoken with Gerry/Huffy in the last 6 months so you should be able to reach them. Please respond if not and I will follow up. Good luck and be safe.
Most if not all of the simplicity brand drop-side cribs have been recalled, including the Graco Apsen 8740 models.
Here is the CPSP link regarding this crib: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml09/09260list.html http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07307.html
According to the CPSP information the company appears to be out of business to some degree and are not providing repair kits.
If you know where you purchased the crib, check to see what their policy is regarding recalled baby products.
We had purchased ours at walmart almost 8 years ago and were able to return it to another store in a different state for a full refund last summer. They did not need a reciept received, they just needed the manufacturer label on the part that the mattress lies on.
Because ours was older, the customer service clerk did have to work hard to find the crib in their system, but once she did, it was not problem at all.
Toddler conversion on at least some of the cribs is simply to remove the front dropside from the crib (you may want or need to unscrew the dropside tracks to remove the actual side) Then screw the toddler rails to the front side of the crib. There should be pre-drilled holes for the toddler rails, if there are not then you may have the mattress support on backwards.
They do have answers on their website, you may want to check your printed or online crib instructions to remind yourself how you put the crib together, too.
I found the answers here: http://www.pali-design.com/index.php?path=customer_services&template=faq§ion=customer_services&subsection=faq&page=faq
i've pasted them below. You can make it a toddler bed without a side rail just by removing the movable side of your crib, and you can install the side rail instead of the movable side if you want it to look a little more finished and help keep your child from rolling out of the bed.
How to convert a crib into a toddler bed To
convert a crib into a toddler bed you must loosen the two front gold
bolts left and right side of the crib and remove the dropside (the
front gate that goes up and down). After removing the dropside be very
careful that you tighten back your two gold bolts.
How to install the streight rail (toddler rail) To install a streight (toddler) rail
loosen the two front gold bolts left and right side of the crib and
remove the dropside, once you have removed the dropside replace with
the streight rail. Always be very careful and make sure you tighten
back your two gold bolts in the front.