A massive crib recall is underway to stop the use of drop-side baby cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 2 million drop-side cribs. Companies affected include Evenflo, Child Craft, and the manufacturer of the Babi Italia product line. Parents are frustrated about the massive recall.
The cribs being recalled in this announcement are responsible for 250 incidents and 27 injuries to toddlers and babies. This recall brings the tally of recalled drop-side cribs in the past 5 years to a whopping 9 million. Sounds like somebody needs to come up with a better design. Companies are being asked to supply an immobilization kit for the crib’s drop side or provide some other means of making the cribs safe for use.
Since the year 2001, drop-side baby cribs have been associated in at least 32 infant and toddler deaths. The design of the crib allows for improper assembly and hardware malfunction to allow the drop side of the crib to dislodge. This creates a gap where the baby can strangle or smother. A new set of rules for the manufacturer of baby cribs is underway, which will in effect ban drop-side cribs permanently.