After Infant's Death, Feds Warn of Dangers From Second-Hand Cribs

crib - cribs - crib recallsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned about using second-hand cribs after learning of a 7-month-old girl who suffocated in an accident in one that had been recalled.

"Buying or accepting cribs second hand can be risky," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said in a statement. "Second hand cribs may not come with all of the necessary parts that are needed to make sure your baby is safe. We urge parents and caregivers to use caution and to be aware that new rules established by CPSC will bring safer cribs to the market this summer."CPSC learned in January of the Colorado Springs, Colo., girl's 2009 death in a crib bought used and re-assembled without safety pegs in the bottom tracks. When safety pegs are missing, the drop-side rail can come out of its track. The infant was caught between her crib's detached drop-side and the mattress, and suffocated.

The agency's warning came as part of a re-announcement of a 2008 Delta Enterprise recall of more than 985,000 drop-side cribs with "crib trigger lock and safety peg" hardware. The cribs were made in Taiwan and Indonesia and sold at major retailers including Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and September 2007 for about $100 each. Delta's name and address is on the mattress support boards and its logo is on the top teether rail. The model numbers are on the top of the mattress support board. CPSC lists the 49 model numbers affected by the recall.

Consumers should not use the cribs if a safety peg is missing and call Delta for a repair kit at (800) 816-5304.

In 2008, CPSC said an 8-month-old suffocated after the crib's drop side detached. That crib has been re-assembled without safety pegs and at the time of the original recall, there were reports of two entrapments in cribs without safety pegs.

In December, CPSC announced a sweeping overall in crib safety requirements including banning drop-side cribs.

CPSC gave the following safety tips for cribs:
  • Don't use any crib with missing or broken parts and tighten the hardware from time to time.
  • When using a drop-side crib, check all moving parts work smoothly and check all sides and corners for separation. If you see any separation, don't try to fix it.
  • Don't use a crib older than 10 years because it will not meet new safety standards that take effect on June 28.
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