More than 2 million cribs from 7 different companies were recalled last month. This came because of concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs. Most of the cribs were drop-sides, which have a side rail that moves up and down so parents can lift children from them more easily. That movable side, however, can malfunction or detach from the crib, creating a dangerous gap where babies’ heads can become trapped, leading to suffocation or strangulation.
The companies involved in the recall were Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., Child Craft, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products. So far, no deaths have been linked to the recalled cribs. But there were more than 250 reports of drop-sides detaching or failing and at least 16 entrapments of infants. In one case, a child was found unconscious and later hospitalized. In the announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, all seven companies recalled drop-side cribs. Delta and Child Craft also acknowledged problems with fixed-side cribs.
These cribs and many others constructed in a manner that babies and very small children can be trapped are very dangerous. Hopefully, the CPSC will stay on top of this situation. The risks are far too great to allow the manufacturers to continue using the drop-side design without remedying the safety issues.
Source: Associated Press
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