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.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
June 24, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
Categories: Family Health , Infant health , Recalls
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