That makes it important to make sure your baby's crib is safe and secure.
There have been over 50 recalls of baby cribs with drop-side detachments since 2005, which includes more than 7 million drop-side cribs.
Unfortunately, one of the manufactures of these drop-side cribs, Simplicity Inc., is no longer in business, so these Simplicity crib recalls are leaving parents with baby cribs that can not be returned or fixed.
All of these drop-side crib recalls has some experts thinking that drop-side cribs may soon be banned in favor of those with four fixed sides, especially since these recalled cribs have been involved in at least 32 infant and toddler deaths. At the very least, there will be a voluntary ban on selling drop-side cribs in the United States beginning June 1, 2010.
Why might a company issue a crib recall?
Recently, crib recalls have involved problems with the drop-side hardware of many cribs, which can detach and lead to suffocation and strangulation hazards. Drop-side cribs also sometimes have confusing instructions that cause them to be put together wrong, which can later lead to drop-side detachments.
A baby crib recall might also be issued for other safety hazards, such as if the cut-outs in the end panels allow an infant or toddler's head to get trapped.
Lastly, a crib recall might be issued because there is a safety hazard involving the side mesh of the crib, the support brackets that hold up the crib mattress, a problem with the slats, or if the baby crib doesn't meet the CPSC guidelines for crib safety.
Another Crib Recall - What Should You Do?
Whatever the reason for a crib recall, it is important that parents realize that they have the recalled crib in their home and stop using it as soon as possible.
Parents should also:
- register their baby crib with the manufacturer so that they will hopefully be notified of a crib recall as soon as possible
- be on the watch for crib recall notices or routinely check this crib recall list
- stop using the recalled crib
- find an alternative place for your baby to sleep safely until you fix or replace your recalled crib, such as a bassinet (if your baby is under six months old), an age appropriate play yard (without a pillow or additional bedding), or a toddler bed or a mattress on the floor for older children who are already walking
- get a replacement kit or repair kit from the crib manufacturer as soon as possible or replace the recalled crib
To keep your baby safe, it is also a good idea to:
- avoid used baby cribs or older baby cribs, which may not meet current baby crib safety guidelines
- follow the baby crib's assembly instructions carefully and call the baby crib manufacturer if you think you did something wrong or don't understand something in the instructions
- regularly check your baby's crib to make sure that the hardware has not broken, including that all screws and bolts are still tight, that the crib doesn't feel loose or wobbly, and that the the drop side is on its track.
- contact the baby crib manufacturer if your crib needs to be repaired and do not try to repair it yourself with homemade parts
- report any problems that you have had with a baby crib or other baby product to the CPSC
Recent Crib Recall List
There have been a lot of recalls of cribs in recent years, including:
- April 2013 - About 73,000 PT Domusindo Perdana Drop-side Cribs that were sold at JC Penney stores.
- April 2012 - About 16,500 Rockland Furniture Drop-side Cribs that were sold at JC Penney stores.
- November 2011 - About 440 drop-side cribs that were imported by the Dutailier Group Inc., of Quebec, Canada and sold at baby specialty stores.
- October 2011 - About 8,000 Yu Wei Full-Size cribs with drop-side rails that were sold at JC Penney.
- September 2011 - About 2,300 Shermag drop-side cribs that were sold at the Land of Nod and other baby specialty stores .
- May 2011 - About 22,000 Dream on Me Full-Size and Portable Drop-Side Cribs because the drop-side rail hardware can break or fail.
- April 2011 - About 330 high-end fixed-side cribs from ducduc have been recalled because the 'bottom rails on the crib sides can separate from the sides when the mattress is in the lowest position, causing the spindles to separate and the mattress to drop.'
- November 2010 - About 90,000 Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware, which were sold from from January 2000 through August 2010, have been recalled.
- October 2010 - Just over 50,000 cribs were recalled this month in four separate crib recalls including Heritage Collection 3-in-1 drop-side cribs, Angel Line drop-side cribs, Ethan Allen drop-side cribs, and Alexander Designs Ltd. drop-side cribs.
- June 2010 - About two million fixed and drop-side cribs from seven different manufacturers were recalled. Caregivers who have these recalled cribs should get a free immobilization kit to make their baby's crib safer.
- May 2010 - C&T International, Sorelle and Golden Baby Cribs - About 170,000 drop-side wood baby cribs were recalled because of entrapped and strangulation hazards related to detached of the drop-side hardware and slats.
- April 2010 - LaJobi Cribs - About 217,000 Graco branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi were recalled because the 'drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib,' creating a hazardous gap in which a baby can become wedged or entrapped.
- April 2010 - Simplicity Cribs - All Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames have been recalled because they 'pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers.'
- March 2010 - Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS Cribs - All Generation 2 Worldwide and cribs have been recalled, including their full-size and portable drop side cribs, because the 'crib's plastic hardware can break which can cause the drop side of the crib to detach from a corner of the crib.'
- January 2010 - Dorel Asia Crib Recall - About 635,000 Dorel Asia cribs, including drop side and non-drop side cribs, were recalled because 'the drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib,' and 'the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged.'
- January 2010 - Caramia Furniture Crib Recall - About 1,000 Diana Cribs from Caramia Furniture and Mother Hubbard's Cupboards, of Ontario, Canada were recalled because 'the slats on the cribs drop-side can detach from the top and bottom rails, posing fall and entrapment hazards to the child.'
CPSC News Release. CPSC Issues Warning on Drop-Side Cribs. 32 Fatalities in Drop-Side Cribs in Last 9 Years. Release #10-225. Accessed May 2010.