Federal government recalls 2.1 million cribs; how you can protect your child

Simplicity-dropside-crib-entrapment-photoConcerned parents are checking their babies’ cribs in the wake of the largest crib recall in U.S. history. Yesterday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 2.1 million cribs manufactured by Stork Craft and distributed through BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sears, Wal-Mart, Target and Costco. The recall covers 1.2 million Stork Craft cribs distributed in the U.S. and close to an additional 1 million distributed in Canada between 1993 and 2009. Nearly 150,000 of the cribs bear the Fisher-Price logo.

The recall came after the suffocation deaths of four infants due to a problem with a drop-side that’s supposed to move up and down to allow parents easy access to the crib. Broken or missing hardware or assembly mistakes by the crib owner can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a space where the baby can become pinned between the drop-side and the mattress. The recall does not affect any cribs without a drop-side.

Additional information on the products affected can be found on the CPCS and Stork Craft Web sites.

Even if your child’s crib isn’t affected by the recall, we offer the following crib safety tips:

  • Place your baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards.
  • Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib.
  • Consider using a sleeper as an alternative to blankets, with no other covering.
  • If using a blanket, put your baby with his/her feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, only as far as the baby’s chest.
  • Make sure your baby’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
  • Do not place your baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface to sleep.

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