The Hazards of Defective Cribs
By Zac Pingle, Staff Writer
It is common for parents to assume that cribs are inherently safe because they are designed for toddlers, unfortunately that is not always the case. Crib recalls, while relatively rare, do occur and it is very important to visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) periodically to make sure that your child’s crib does not have a defect.
Crib defects can be very serious, and in some cases may lead to severe injury or death. A list of defects that have been discovered in cribs include:
Loose material, such as cloth from bedding, crib netting, or peeling paint may be an asphyxiation hazard.
Large panel spacing may result in a child becoming stuck or even falling out of the crib.
Drop-side cribs are particularly prone to cause severe injury. In some cases the drop-side may come down on its own, resulting in the child falling out of the crib or causing broken bones or asphyixiation.
Poor design or manufacturing may result in sharp edges or protruding components, this may result in cuts or other severe trauma.
Checking for Defects
Never use a drop-side crib. When shopping for a crib, ensure the panels are narrow enough to prevent your child from moving between them. Make sure that no loose materials or sharp edges are on the crib, this includes checking the bottom and mattress. Research the crib you are interested in buying, online reviews are a good way to detect what issues may exist. Do not buy a crib that was manufactured before 2012.
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