Caring for an infant is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but parents are also faced with a multitude of safety concerns in caring for their babies. Car seat issues, lead paint, allergies, vaccinations and defective or dangerous toys are just a few of the concerns parents of small children face.
A crib, where a baby sleeps and spends much of his or her time, should be of minimal concern to parents, but in the past five years, 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled. The latest recall was announced in June 2010.
On June 24, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than 2 million cribs because of safety concerns that babies could suffocate, fall or become trapped. The cribs are drop-side and fixed-side models manufactured between 2000 and 2009. The seven companies involved in the recall are:
A drop-side crib has a side rail that moves horizontally so that parents can easily lift their child from the crib. The safety concern is that the movable side can detach from the crib and create a gap in which the child's head can become trapped, potentially leading to suffocation.
The CPSC reported that there were 250 incidents and 27 infant injuries that prompted the recall. Since 2001, there have been 32 infant deaths and 14 suspected fatalities linked to the drop-side cribs, although no deaths have been reported from cribs in the latest recall. The safety agency is currently making an effort to implement rules for the design and manufacture of cribs that would effectively ban drop-side cribs. Most manufacturers have already stopped producing this type of crib.
The seven named companies will be providing kits to immobilize the drop side of the cribs along with replacement hardware to make them safer. Parents are encouraged to contact the companies directly to obtain the kits. They can also get the kits free of charge from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association by going to its Web site at www.cribsafety.org. Parents are also cautioned not to use cribs that are more than 10 years old.
Parents of children injured by drop-side or fixed-side cribs should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine if they have viable claim and how to proceed if a legal remedy is warranted.
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