2 Million Cribs Recalled Over Suffocation Fears

Seven manufacturers have recalled over two million baby cribs to address concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs.

Most of the cribs are drop-side cribs, which have a side panel that moves up and down for parents to lift their children out easily. The movable panels can unhinge or break, creating a gap where babies’ heads may become trapped and suffocate.

The seven manufacturers involved in the recall are: Delta Enterprise Corp., Evenflo, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby, Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. and Child Craft. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the companies will be providing consumers with free repair kits to immobilize the crib panels, though the agency cautioned that the kits are not a solution for drop-sides that are broken or damaged.

The CPSC said nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled over the last five years. This specific type of crib has suffocated 32 infants and toddlers since 2000, the agency said.

Consumer advocates say that cribs are not as sturdy as they used to be, since many newer cribs have plastic hinges rather than metal ones, making them less reliable and durable. Both Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and House Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) have introduced bills to outlaw drop-side cribs.

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