There have been a number of crib recalls in the U.S. Recently, the CPSC urged both parents and caregivers to closely inspect the hardware and stability of their cribs to ensure all parts are in place and secure. Here are some safety tips for all cribs:
• Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts.
• Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened to keep the crib sturdy.
• When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly.
• Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
• Do not try to repair any side of the crib with additional hardware, tape, wire or rope.
• Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make it worse.
Since the creation of the CPSC Early Warning System in fall of 2007, the agency has conducted five crib recalls where the hardware was broken, missing or otherwise failed to function.
Cribs with drop sides are most likely to experience hardware problems due to the moving parts and non-rigid connections. Drop-side corners can disengage from the tracks located on the crib ends and safety stops may become nonfunctional, permitting the drop side to detach from the crib. These types of defects are often undetected by parents or caregivers and can worsen when the baby pushes or leans against the side of the crib.
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