More than 40,000 drop-side cribs are being recalled -- that's 40,000 more in addition to the millions that have been recalled in recent years.
The recent recalls include cribs from Ethan Allen, Kmart and Angel Line due to suffocation and entrapment risks.
Here's what you need to know if you have cribs from of any these retailers as well as about the dangers of drop-side cribs in general:
Products Affected: Item numbers 14-5650, 15-5650, 16-5650, 26-5650, 35-5622, 36-5620, 36-5622 and 38-5622.
Sold: at Ethan Allen stores from January 2002 through December 2008.
Action: Stop using immediately and contact any Ethan Allen store for a free repair kit. For additional information, contact Ethan Allen toll-free at 888-339-9398 (888) 339-9398 b between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.ethanallen.com.
Products Affected: Longwood Forest drop-side cribs with plastic drop-side hardware: 6103S, 6105S, 6106S, 6108S, 6109S, 8025P, and 8029P. T
Sold: on the Web at Ababy.com, Babyage.com and other Web retailers from December 2004 through January 2009.
Action: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Angel Line to receive a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. For additional information, contact Angel Line at (800) 889-8158 1-800-889-8158 or e-mail the firm at email@example.com.
Kmart/Victory Land Group
Products Affected: Heritage Collection 3-in-1 drop-side cribs with Kmart model numbers 07-1248 and 07-1252.
Sold: at Kmart stores nationwide from February 2007 through October 2008.
Action: Consumers should immediately stop using the cribs and contact the Victory Land Group for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. For additional information, contact Victory Land Group at 866-499-2099 end_of_the_skype_highlightingbetween 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.victorylandgroup.com.
So are ANY drop-side cribs safe?
Fortunately manufacturers aren't allowed to make drop-side cribs any longer, but they still may be sold in stores, and they're going to be around for years to come as people sell them and pass them on to others
Whatever you do, don't buy one. But if you already have one and can't get another one, here's a must-read checklist.
Also, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is launching a safety campaign that includes crib safety video to help parents avoid suffocation, strangulation and entrapment risks in baby sleeping environments.
They also provide the following sleep safety tips:
- Place infants to sleep on their backs
- Use a firm, tight-fitting mattress
- Never use extra padding, blankets or pillows under baby
- Remove pillows or thick comforters
- Do not use positioning devices – they are not necessary and can be deadly
- Regularly check cribs for loose, missing or broken parts or slats
- Do not try to fix a broken crib
- Place cribs or playpens away from windows and window covering cords to avoid fall and strangulation hazards
- Place baby monitor cords away from cribs or playpens to avoid strangulation
Do you have a drop-side crib? Is yours on this list?
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