The dangers lurking in drop-side cribs

Parents are in for a wakeup call as a string of drop-side crib recalls shines new light on the controversial infant bedding, which was recently banned from sale in the US.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled three new models of drop-side crib in the past month, citing risks such as strangulation and injury from falling. Manufacturers include Canada’s Shermag and Dutailier Group, and Yu Wei of Taiwan.


Frightening numbers

The three recalls account for close to 11,000 units, on top of the more than 11 million drop-side cribs recalled by the CPSC since 2007 – a number so staggering that the safety watchdog banned the products from sale in June this year.

Shockingly, drop-side cribs have been linked to at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths, and many more scares.


The dangers

The risk lies in the product’s rise-and-fall siding, which was designed to make it easier for parents to lift their babies from the crib. However, the feature poses a suffocation risk if it malfunctions and the railing detaches.


Yu Wei drop-side crib


Of the larger Yu Wie recall, which includes over 8,000 ‘Scroll’ and ‘Loren’ models, the CPSC said:

“The drop-side rails on the crib can malfunction, detach or unexpectedly fall down, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position. When this happens, a space is created into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and due to age-related wear and tear.”

The Shermag (2,300 units) and Dutalier (440 units) recall documents named similar risks.

In the interest of safety, Cymax urges all parents to regularly inspect their cribs and to consider removing drop-side products from the home. For more information, concerned parents can check the CPSC crib information center.

As always, readers can share their own stories and experiences in the comments section below. After all, baby furniture should be the safest in the house.

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One Response to “The dangers lurking in drop-side cribs”

  1. great article. the numbers are scary.

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