It is always surprising to me when there is another drop-side crib recall, considering that there have been over a dozen recalls of these types of cribs since 2005 already, involving more than 9 million cribs. As many parents are hopefully aware, these types of cribs pose a suffocation and strangulation hazard when the drop-side detaches and have been responsible for at least 32 infant and toddler deaths.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that "drop-side cribs generally have a tendency to be less structurally sound than cribs with four fixed sides" and that "drop-side hardware is prone to break, deform or experience other problems during normal or foreseeable use."
You can't even buy these types of cribs any more. New crib safety rules went into effect on June 28, 2011 that in addition to banning drop-side rail cribs made cribs more safer and more durable. Unfortunately, all drop-side cribs were not recalled, even though traditional drop-side cribs don't meet current safety standards. If your drop-side crib hasn't been recalled and you must use it, regularly check your crib for loose sides or missing or broken pieces and consider getting an immobilizer for your crib.
If your crib has been recalled, as is the case for over 73,000 PT Domusindo Perdana wooden drop-side cribs, then stop using it, find an alternate, safe place for your baby to sleep, and get a free immobilizer kit. Immobilizers will be available for the recalled PT Domusindo Perdana from Modus Furniture International (available May 2013). The 14 different models of the PT Domusindo Perdana wooden drop-side cribs were sold at JC Penney between January 1998 through December 2008 for between $200 and $400.
Keep in mind that some of these recalled cribs are more than 10 years old, and so shouldn't be used any way.
What would be considered an alternate, safe place for your baby to sleep? That depends on your child's age. The CPSC states that "depending on the child's age, this can be a bassinet, a play yard or a toddler bed - so long as that product hasn't been recalled as well." In general, a bassinet can be a good choice for babies and infants less than six-months-old. For older infants, a play yard can be a safe alternative, until your child is mobile and could climb out, when he is about 36 inches tall.