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Report: Drop side cribs can be dangerous

June 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
We have a warning for parents of infants and young toddlers. Millions of cribs have been recalled in the last two years and have resulted in at least five infant deaths. Consumer Specialist Ric Romero has the information you need to know in order to buy a safe crib.One morning in 2007, Carolyn Zabriskie-Hartung and her husband Andrew awoke to a sound no parent wants to hear, their daughter Abigail shrieking in pain.

"We ran in there and we found Abigail with her hand caught in between the front part of the crib and the base," said Carolyn.

Thankfully, Abigail was okay. But her crib was eventually recalled. And Consumer Reports says there are lots of problems with cribs -- especially ones with drop sides.

"The problem with many drop-side cribs is that the hardware can fail, and if it fails, it can open up a dangerous gap in which a child can get their head entrapped and possibly strangled," said Don Mays, Consumer Reports.

Problems with drop sides have lead to the recent recalls of more than a million and a half Delta cribs and more than a million Simplicity cribs. Toys "R" Us has announced it will no longer order drop-side cribs. With so many cribs recalled, it's all the more important that consumers not buy secondhand cribs.

"We bought this crib off Craigslist for just $40. Yet we found it's been recalled. It's very dangerous," said Mays.

Consumer Reports says instead parents should get a stationary-side crib, with sides that don't drop.

A good choice is the IKEA LEKSVIK Crib. It's a Consumer Reports Best Buy at $160. And it rated excellent for safety.

At this point, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of some four-million cribs, but there are plenty still out there.

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