The U.S. announced a recall Thursday of 2 million drop-side cribs over the potential for infants to become stuck between the railing and the crib and suffocate. The Chicago Tribune reported that the recall included models by Child Craft, Delta Enterprise, Evenflo, Jardine, Bona Vita, Babi Italia, ISSI, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons brands. The recall encompassed cribs in ten countries across the world, including the United States. At least 32 children’s deaths have been related to the crib malfunction, and federal officials believe another 14 may be linked to the same issue.
As a new grandmother (again!) I certainly appreciated the convenience of being able to drop the side of my granddaughter’s crib to lift her out.
My daughter and I had heard about the recall of millions of the less expensive, foreign made cribs when we were shopping for a crib while she was pregnant. We had been offered a used crib and searched the Consumer Product Safety website and learned it too had been recalled. While these deaths and injuries may be a small percentage of the total, the horror stories of babies being suffocated as a result of getting stuck was enough to make one anxious in choosing just the right crib. We researched the options and selected a well known brand with safety features.
Imagine our dismay to find out that the recall wasn’t just limited to the less expensive cribs as initially presented. You guessed itRemington’s nice “safe” crib was in the next round of recalls.
We contacted the company and were sent a kit to prevent the drop down side from moving, which my husband installed post haste.
While I sure miss the ease of the drop down (oh, my aching back!), we would never forgive ourselves if something happened to our beautiful little grandbaby.
It looks like companies won’t be allowed to manufacture these types of cribs in the future, but in the interim, my advice is that if you or anyone you know are using these types of cribs, regardless of whether they are part of the recall, it is time to go crib shopping again.