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Crib recall

Checkup readers, please help spread the word: If you know anyone who is using a drop-side crib for their baby, they should stop right away.

That advice is in light of today's recall of more than two million cribs manufactured by Evenflo and six other companies. The recalls were prompted by some 250 reports of crib malfunctions that resulted in more than a dozen entrapments of infants. No deaths have been reported.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has called for a ban on drop-side cribs, which feature a moving slide rail. An infant's head can become lodged between the rail and mattress. While such cribs have been used for decades, apparently they are less sturdy now than before. Some fixed-side cribs are included in the recall, too.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 24, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  Family Health , Infant health , Recalls  
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You said newer cribs seems to be flimsier than older cribs. So, do I need to discard the 1979 solid maple crib I was hoping would become a family heirloom?

Posted by: SilverSpringer1 | June 24, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

As long as they are properly assembled, fully functional and not subject to a recall, drop side cribs can be safely used. If you own a crib that is part of the recall announced today, we strongly recommend that parents follow the corrective action of the company and the CPSC relative to this recall. For additional information, contact the manufacturers or visit the CPSC at

JPMA has launched an in depth website to answer many parent questions. You can visit for more FAQs and to learn of other recommended safe sleep environments.

Thank you,
Linda Woody

Posted by: LindaWoody | June 24, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Products I've purchased related to my 2-year old daughter that have since been recalled:

Drop-side crib
Various Tylenol infant/toddler products
Graco stroller
Graco high chair
Graco car seat
Toyota Camry (twice!)

Not kidding -- nearly everything we purchased to prepare for her arrival has since been recalled. Basically, at this point I'm prepared to slather her with honey and let her be raised by bears. Seems safer than the bleak, murderous wasteland that is the "American"/Chinese market. I don't even want to know how many of her toys are covered in lead paint.

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 24, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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