Crib Recall List and What You Should Do

Parents can check the CPSC for recalls and instructions

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A baby crib and a car seat are probably two of the most-used baby products your family has, and the crib is used every night. That makes it important to make sure your baby's crib is safe and secure. Registering your crib with the manufacturer can help you stay up-to-date on whether it has safety issues, as can checking with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Drop-Side Crib Recalls and Ban

As of December 29, 2012, you cannot buy, sell, donate, trade, or manufacture drop-side cribs in the U.S. There were more than 50 recalls of baby cribs with drop-side detachments since 2005, affecting more than 11 million cribs.

Some manufacturers affected by the recalls, such as Simplicity Inc., are no longer in business, leaving parents with baby cribs that cannot be returned or fixed.

The recalled cribs were involved in at least 32 infant and toddler deaths. The drop-side hardware can detach and lead to suffocation and strangulation hazards. Drop-side cribs also sometimes have confusing instructions that caused them to be put together wrong, which can later lead to drop-side detachments. A baby crib recall might also be issued for other safety hazards, such as if the cut-outs in the end panels allow an infant or toddler's head to get trapped.

A crib recall might be issued because there is a safety hazard involving the side mesh of the crib, the support brackets that hold up the crib mattress, a problem with the slats, or if the baby crib doesn't meet the CPSC guidelines for crib safety.

Safety Tests for Cribs

Along with the ban on drop-side cribs, more stringent safety testing requirements were placed for all cribs to simulate the wear and tear expected for years of use.

They include looking for screws coming loose, supports separating, and slats breaking. Any of these problems can lead to gaps that can entrap a baby's head and lead to strangulation.

Another Crib Recall—What Should You Do?

Whatever the reason for a crib recall, it is important that parents realize that they have the recalled crib in their home and stop using it as soon as possible.

Parents should also:

  • Register their baby crib with the manufacturer so that they will hopefully be notified of a crib recall as soon as possible
  • Be on the watch for crib recall notices.
  • Stop using the recalled crib
  • Find an alternative place for your baby to sleep safely until you fix or replace your recalled crib, such as a bassinet (if your baby is under 6 months old), an age appropriate play yard (without a pillow or additional bedding), or a toddler bed or a mattress on the floor for older children who are already walking.
  • Get a replacement kit or repair kit from the crib manufacturer as soon as possible or replace the recalled crib.

To keep your baby safe, it is also a good idea to:

  • Avoid using a used baby crib or older baby cribs which may not meet current baby crib safety guidelines.
  • Follow the baby crib's assembly instructions carefully and call the baby crib manufacturer if you think you did something wrong or don't understand something in the instructions.
  • Regularly check your baby's crib to make sure that the hardware has not broken, including that all screws and bolts are still tight, that the crib doesn't feel loose or wobbly, and that the drop side is on its track.
  • Contact the baby crib manufacturer if your crib needs to be repaired and do not try to repair it yourself with homemade parts.
  • Report any problems that you have had with a baby crib or other baby product to the CPSC.

Recent Crib Recall List

Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's crib recall list. You can search by the brand of your crib or for all cribs by date of recall. The site has contact information for reaching the manufacturer for further instructions. No recalls were issued in 2016 or the first six months of 2017, perhaps showing the effectiveness of the standards now in force. Here are recalls from the past several years:

  • 2016: No recalls.
  • 2015: Bexco recalled almost 18,000 DaVinci brand cribs due to entrapment, fall, and laceration hazards. Baby's Dream recalled 4,600 cribs and furniture pieces for violation of lead paint standards. IKEA recalled over half a million crib mattresses due to risk of entrapment.
  • 2014: Bexco recalled Franklin and Ben Mason 4-in-1 convertible cribs due to fall and entrapment hazards. Oeuf recalled four models of Sparrow cribs due to entrapment hazards.
  • 2013: Nan Far Woodworking recalled Rockland Furniture Round Cribs sold at JC Penney for entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards. About 73,000 PT Domusindo Perdana Drop-side Cribs that were sold at JC Penney stores were recalled.
  • 2012:  About 16,500 Rockland Furniture Drop-side Cribs that were sold at JC Penney stores were recalled.
  • November 2011: About 440 drop-side cribs that were imported by the Dutailier Group Inc., of Quebec, Canada and sold at baby specialty stores.
  • October 2011: About 8,000 Yu Wei Full-Size cribs with drop-side rails that were sold at JC Penney.
  • September 2011: About 2,300 Shermag drop-side cribs that were sold at the Land of Nod and other baby specialty stores.
  • May 2011: About 22,000 Dream on Me Full-Size and Portable Drop-Side Cribs because the drop-side rail hardware can break or fail.
  • April 2011: About 330 high-end fixed-side cribs from ducduc have been recalled because the 'bottom rails on the crib sides can separate from the sides when the mattress is in the lowest position, causing the spindles to separate and the mattress to drop.'
  • November 2010: About 90,000 Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware, which were sold from January 2000 through August 2010, have been recalled.
  • October 2010: Just over 50,000 cribs were recalled this month in four separate crib recalls including Heritage Collection 3-in-1 drop-side cribs, Angel Line drop-side cribs, Ethan Allen drop-side cribs, and Alexander Designs Ltd. drop-side cribs.
  • June 2010: About two million fixed and drop-side cribs from seven different manufacturers were recalled. Caregivers who have these recalled cribs should get a free immobilization kit to make their baby's crib safer.
  • May 2010: C&T International, Sorelle, and Golden Baby Cribs recall 170,000 drop-side wood baby cribs because of entrapment and strangulation hazards related to detached of the drop-side hardware and slats.
  • April 2010: LaJobi Cribs recalled about 217,000 Graco brand drop-side cribs made by LaJobi because of potential drop side hardware failure.
  • April 2010:  All Simplicity Cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames have been recalled because they pose a risk of entrapment and strangulation.
  • March 2010: All Generation 2 Worldwide and cribs have been recalled, including full-size and portable drop-side cribs, because of potential plastic hardware breakage.
  • January 2010: About 635,000 Dorel Asia Cribs were recalled due to the potential for drop side hardware failure.
  • January 2010: Caramia Furniture recalls about 1,000 Diana Cribs because the slats on the cribs drop-side could detach from the top and bottom rails, posing fall and entrapment hazards.

Sources:

CPSC News Release. CPSC Issues Warning on Drop-Side Cribs. 32 Fatalities in Drop-Side Cribs in Last 9 Years. Release #10-225.

The New Crib Standard: Questions and Answers. Consumer Product Safety Commission. https://onsafety.cpsc.gov/blog/2011/06/14/the-new-crib-standard-questions-and-answers/.

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