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Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Parent's Guide to the Crib Recall

So, while it is not necessarily new news about the safety issues surrounding the “drop-side crib” you may have been reminded of the issue in the last week. On Wednesday the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to ban drop-side cribs and tighten safety standards for other kinds of cribs, following a rash of deaths linked to faulty cribs over the past three and a half years. When I first heard this I was slightly scared so I decided to delve into the details.

First of all, you should know that 82,000 drop-side cribs sold at Pottery Barn Kids over the past 10 years have been recalled. The specifics of which you can find here http://life.familyeducation.com/recalls/10302 Those recalled models can be found at http://www.potterybarnkids.com/stylehouse/recall/dropside-cribs.html?cmtype=hplink&cm_re=FallD110-_-SafetyRecall_-DropSideCribs It appears that if you find that you have one of these cribs in your home Pottery Barn has offered to send you a kit to be able to “convert” your crib into one that is safer and whose sides no longer drop… I find it a little annoying that they issue a “recall” and then make the customer do the work of fixing the problem, but maybe that is just me.

The other thing you need to know is that the recall is based upon issues that could potentially arise when a drop-side crib breaks or when the hardware used to raise and lower the side wears out. So, if you are like me and do have one of these (drop-side, not Pottery Barn) cribs the powers that be are recommending that you stop raising and lowering the side in the interest of reducing the amount of wear-and-tear you put on it. This should help to maintain the integrity of the crib.

As a little side note, are you wondering how in the heck we made it? I am. I vividly remember a high chair that was unstable and would pinch my fingers, a crib with springs that would do the same and possibly my fondest memory is of a “walker” that my little brothers would run over my toes with and that I am almost positive one of my brothers actually went down the stairs in. We are all still ok as far as the eye can see.