The dangers of drop-side cribs have become well known. If brackets on their movable sides are defective, gaps between the mattress and the crib side can put infants and young children at risk of death by suffocation. When the drop side detaches at the bottom, a baby can fall into the resulting gap and suffocate between the mattress and the side rail. A baby can also strangle in the “V” shape formed when the top portion of the drop side detaches.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), drop-side hardware is prone to break, deform, or experience other problems during normal or foreseeable use. CPSC is aware of 32 infant and toddler suffocation and strangulation deaths and hundreds of incidents that were caused by or related to drop-side detachments in cribs made by various manufacturers.
The this week announced the latest drop-side crib recall. Over two million drop-side cribs from Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and five other companies were pulled from the market, bringing the total recalled to over million in the past five years.
Drop-Side Crib Safety
CPSC recommends that every time you change the sheets in your baby’s crib, you make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress. Make sure all visible bolts and screws are tight. With the mattress out of the crib, wiggle the crib to see how tight all the joints are. If the crib feels loose, wobbly or structurally not sound, tighten all hardware. If the crib remains wobbly after tightening, look for loose wood-to-wood joints that may be causing the problem. Stop using the crib if loose wood-to-wood joints are found. Never try to fix broken cribs with home repairs, such as duct tape.
Our Portland products liability law practice is investigating drop-side crib cases in Oregon. If your child or a child that you know has been seriously hurt or killed by a drop-side crib, we believe that you are entitled to justice. We also believe that manufacturers of defective cribs or other children’s products must be held accountable. We offer a free, confidential attorney consultation. Call us toll free at 800-714-3204, or use our online personal injury lawyer contact form.
Related Web Resources
Press Release, CPSC, Seven Manufacturers Announce Recalls to Repair Cribs to Address Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards (June 24, 2010).
CPSC, Safe Sleep, Part 1: The Crib
CPSC, Crib Information Center Recall List