The Safety of Cribs

One of the most precious items in a house – a baby crib – may not be as safe as you think:

On July 2, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 400,000 Simplicity drop-side cribs because they pose a risk of suffocation. The plastic hardware can break or deform, creating a potentially deadly gap between the drop side and the crib mattress, federal officials said.

It’s the latest in a series of Simplicity recalls, prompting CPSC officials to urge consumers, day care providers, thrift store operators and online sellers to make sure they don’t have any of the dangerous products. Simplicity is out of business.

But similar hazards have been found in cribs made by more than a dozen other companies, federal records show. Since 2007, more than 4.6 million cribs have been recalled. It’s likely many of them are in homes without needed repairs because product recalls often have limited effectiveness, experts said.

For full details on crib recalls, go to www.cpsc.gov/cribs or call 800-638-2772.

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