Earlier this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) made a sweeping recall announcement regarding drop-side and other types of cribs:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the cooperation of seven firms, is announcing voluntary recalls of more than two million cribs to address drop-side hazards and other hazards that affect the safety of young children. The recalling firms are providing consumers with free repair kits to immobilize the drop sides or other remedies. Do not attempt to fix these cribs with homemade remedies.
We previously highlighted crib recalls in several blogs on our website. This recall also includes some fixed-side cribs. There are authorized repair kits available from the manufacturers involved. They include: Child Craft (this firm is out of business, according to the CPSC), Delta Enterprise Corp., Evenflo, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby, Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP). Consumers should contact these companies directly for more information.
The recall notice from the CPSC also discusses their efforts to make cribs safer overall:
“Cribs should be the safest place in the home for infants and toddlers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC is committed to addressing the hazards with cribs and to restoring parents’ confidence that their child will have a safe sleep.”
CPSC continues to actively investigate various cribs for potential drop-side and other hazards as part of a larger effort by the agency to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. CPSC staff is also working on a new mandatory standard to make cribs safer, which is targeted for completion in 2010.
The CPSC goes on to state that “incorrect assembly or age-related wear and tear” may cause drop-side crib incidents. In addition, the CPSC recommends that a crib more than 10 years old should not be used as “many older cribs do not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.”
If you have precious little ones at home, please check your cribs and follow the proper instructions from the CPSC and companies involved.