Recalls Indicate It's Time to Stop Buying Drop-Side Cribs

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Victory Land drop-side cribs sold at KMart recalled.

Over 40,000 drop-side cribs were recalled today by three makers, including Victory Land Group’s Heritage Collection (sold at KMart), Angel Line and Ethan Allen.  A total of 23 incidents of detachment were reported, resulting in 6 injuries.

“Drop-sides have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000, and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities,” says The Chicago Tribune, quoting an AP report.  (Other statistics say up to 150 deaths have been caused by drop-side cribs.)  Over 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the last five years.

Alexander Designs cribs from JCPenney were recalled earlier this month, and in July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to ban the sale of drop-side cribs in the U.S..  The ban is expected to take place by 2011.  Drop-side cribs are a favorite of parents, but if I were expecting, I’d think twice before buying one.

For more information on the recalled cribs, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Chair, Inez Tenenbaum, takes sleep safety very seriously, and has collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Keeping Babies Safe and NewYork- Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital “to educate new and expectant parents and caregivers on crib safety while they are at the hospital or visiting their pediatrician’s office.”  Parents will be shown this video, which you can download here, featuring Joan Lunden, and highlighting basic sleep safety tips.

“Nurses will not allow newborn babies to leave the hospital without parents having a safe car seat.  I also believe that we need to make sure that new parents provide a safe crib, bassinet or play yard for their babies to sleep in,” said Tenenbaum.  “By reaching new parents before they leave the hospital and again when they visit their pediatrician or health clinic, we hope to prevent deaths and ensure that all babies have a safe sleep.”

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