Cribs made and sold by Delta Enterprises are extremely dangerous. Even though the cribs, 1.6 million in number, have been recalled, federal regulators have given an incomplete picture of the cribs’ dangerous record. Delta and the CPSC had to have known how dangerous these cribs were for a long time. A long trail of warning signs began at least a decade before this fall’s massive recall. For years, parents were telling Delta and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that the side rails on certain Delta cribs were breaking in ways that could trap and kill babies. This is quite evident according to government documents. The CPSC says it finally discovered the pattern last summer with the help of a newly created database designed to better spot crib hazards.
Delta and the agency both claim the recent recall included only two deaths they could connect directly to the mechanism that allows the sides of the cribs to be raised or lowered. However, there have been other deaths. Agency officials say they did not include all of them in the recall alert because, with some of the deaths, the baby bed didn’t fit the recall’s pattern. In one case the crib railing separated at the bottom while in others, it came loose at the top. It’s difficult to understand how the CPSC could have failed to take action against Delta much sooner than it did. There were plenty of warnings.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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