Crib Recall: Is your crib safe?

ABC News is reporting that The Consumer Product Safety Commission is expected to announce one of the largest crib recalls in history. The concern is over unsafe dropdown sides on the cribs.

So far we do not know the specific brand or models that will be recalled. We will update the blog when we have that information.

ABC News says this will NOT be the first time cribs have been withdrawn because of dropdown side dangers.

From ABC

“Nearly 5 million cribs have been recalled over the past two years, and the CPSC has discussed banning dropdown sides all together.”

“The danger was that the crib’s drop side could come off its tracks and create a ‘hazardous gap which can lead to infant entrapment and suffocation.’ “

According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission the dropdown side is often installed incorrectly – often upside down — creating an odd gap that the child gets trapped in.

We did have dropdown side on the crib we used with all three babies. I never worried about any odd space between the side and the mattress, but I did worry about the side just dropping and the child falling out.  A couple of times with Walsh I came in and found the side down when it shouldn’t have been.

I barely used the dropdown side with Lilina – it made too much noise puling it up and would wake her. I would just lean way far over the side to lay her down. I always, always pushed hard on the side before I walked out just to make sure it wouldn’t fall down. (There’s a hook at the bottom that had to engage to make it sturdy.)

I did actually pay the store to put the crib together when we had Rose. I didn’t trust us to do it properly. I think my dad and Michael have both put it together several times for subsequent babies.

Did OR does your crib have a dropdown side? Are you worried about it? Are you sure it’s the right-side up? Do you see any weird gaps in it? Have you had other issues with dropdown sides? What other kind of cribs are there without dropdown sides? (I guess I’ve seen some with hinged sides that open partially.)

23 comments Add your comment

Didn't your friend Keith...

November 23rd, 2009
12:36 pm

…do this topic while you were remodeling?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 23rd, 2009
1:26 pm

She actually did are you paying attention to recalls not anything about this specific recall — this is a huge recall — they say it will be one of the biggest recalls ever!!! so that’s why it’s mom news

Just wanted you to know that...

November 23rd, 2009
1:29 pm

…I was paying attention (’cause that’s all I can afford to pay right now!)

Also, if it is such a big deal...

November 23rd, 2009
1:48 pm

…why would they PLAN to make the announcement on Tuesday, rather than just get on with it and make the recall NOW since they know about the defect?

And what hasn't

November 23rd, 2009
1:59 pm

been recalled? Pretty much every item my three children used has been recalled by now.


November 23rd, 2009
2:47 pm

soon they’ll start recalling our children.


November 23rd, 2009
2:53 pm

We have a crib (2 1/2 year old son) that doesn’t have a drop-down side. Never needed it. When we were shopping I just thought that was asking for trouble – might fall down or pinch someone.

LOTS of cribs are available without such a side. More are usually in the nicer stores (not Target & Walmart but rather the baby stores). However Theresa – if I were to get one, I’d rather my husband (who cares) put it together instead of someone making minimum wage at the store who is distracted and probably couldn’t care less about what’s going on.

By announcing today that there will be a recall tomorrow, they’re getting double publicity and more people will know about it and be aware.

The American People

November 23rd, 2009
3:08 pm

Write an article about the SEIU 1000 members beating up Ken Hamidi for trying to exercising his right for free speech at their public meeting. Write about the hyocrisy of the fact that this is barely been a news story. Write about how Obama has as he says “worked with this organization all of his life” but they are keeping this very quiet. Write about the obvious fact that if a black man would have gone into a public meeting and had been beaten up by 4 white men it would be national news and their would be a public outcry on every news channel in this country. Thankyou.


November 23rd, 2009
3:20 pm

@ The American People – write about your complaints in an appropriate forum. Not here where we’re discussing crib safety.


November 23rd, 2009
3:22 pm

I don’t understand why they won’t tell us now! I have to put my daughter to bed tonight in a crib with a drop down side. It would be nice to know that she will be safe tonight!

Furniture Expert

November 23rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Greetings, I am an employee of a national baby store chain. I work in the furniture department and make more than minimum wage. I can’t speak for all of our employees, but we do care.

I’m not sure how things are nationally, but at least in my store, we carry almost exclusively non-dropside cribs. The only dropside cribs we have left are on clearance. Also, the previous recalls were generally specific to the country of origin, which is why not all of the dropside cribs had been recalled.

Personally, I have assembled many cribs, including dropside cribs for our store (never for a customer as we don’t offer that service but contract it out to a private delivery company). I can tell you that these cribs are not designed equally. You get what you pay for. Seriously, I hate selling the cheap cribs to customers. I feel bad about it. But, they are often fooled by price. But even worse, I hate selling cheap mattresses. Proper support is not just a suggestion, it is a requirement of safety and good health for your baby. Sadly, not all parents believe this. All they see are dollar signs. And sure, not everyone has the money to spend. But, still, at least get a middle of the road mattress and not something that you can collapse with a small squeeze!

Anyway, it is unfortunate, for people who have trouble reaching down into the bottom of a crib, especially when lowered to the lowest mattress position, that dropside cribs are no longer considered safe. I do honestly believe that they can be safe as long as they are designed and assembled properly. The use of cheap materials in some cases, unfortunately, negates a good design.

Anyway, just know that (responsible) retailers hear about recalls first (that is, we hear that items are being tested and pull them off the shelves/floor even before a recall is announced).

Also, one thing I want to say is, please, if you find your crib recalled, don’t come in and try to get a new version of the exact same crib. You wouldn’t believe how many people want the same defective crib that was recalled. I understand that you went through a tough decision making process to choose the perfect crib. Yes, I’ve seen you spend almost three hours in the store trying to decide. But if something has been recalled, please just choose a better brand. You’ll find that many times it’s specific brands that have the recalls most often. Most often, the cheaper ones. Of course, there are exceptions and sure, different models by the same company can be ok. But, try to find out which brands have a better history and stick with them.

Kelly C., St. Paul, MN

November 23rd, 2009
5:24 pm

NONE of IKEA’s crib’s have drop down sides. They are ALL solid non-movable sides, and ALL of their cribs can be made into ‘toddler’ beds once the little one is old enough. All of the cribs take just regular American crib mattresses, and the most expensive crib they have is only $219! IKEA has always kept the safety of children in the forefront of their designs. The co-workers (I am one) that work in the children’s department must attend a special ‘children’s school’ in order to be hired into that department. I believe most of the cribs can be ordered on line as well. It’s a GREAT place to work!


November 23rd, 2009
5:33 pm

Is it made in Red China, like the rest of the imports that sicken,burn,maim, or kill us?


November 23rd, 2009
5:41 pm

I have a drop down side crib that we bought in 2007 for our first son and now our 6 month old is using it, haven’t had any problems, but if my crib is one of the ones being recalled does anyone know what they are planning on doing, it’s not like everyone can afford to just go out and buy a new crib..I feel it is their mistake and just like any other recall whether you have the receipt or box they should replace your crib free of charge!!

YEah Ok

November 23rd, 2009
7:40 pm

Marykay dont you just sound like a uppity b**** making judgements on people for their occupations.


November 23rd, 2009
10:29 pm

this blog should be recalled!


November 24th, 2009
1:32 am

That’s why i bought a Graco


November 24th, 2009
7:12 am

@YEah OK – and what are you talking about?

Someone working at a store putting together a bed for you isn’t nearly as concerned about getting it right as you would be. That’s just a fact. Deal with it.

BTW – you’re the one cursing at people on a blog, doesn’t that make you actually the “uppity” one?

Just saying

November 24th, 2009
8:06 am

@ MaryKay

I think YEah OK is talking about your statement “LOTS of cribs are available without such a side. More are usually in the nicer stores (not Target & Walmart but rather the baby stores).”

Although I will agree that YEah OK did not have to curse.


November 24th, 2009
10:42 am

Ok I am concerned with this dropdown side crib recall……I have one that my older daughter used and now my 1 year old has been using…..and I have several times walked in the room and the dropdown side is loose and she is standing there almost falling over………..and I have another one in storage as well……if they knew that this was a hazard and kept selling them and decided not do anything about it……well now they have to pay the price of replacing them…….too bad……I can’t inmagine having my precious child die because of a crib…..where they are suppose to be the safest…..My heart goes out the the parents of the children that have passed away and injured…….I am so glad that those parents are making us aware…in order to prevent our children from getting injured or dying….

Kelly C., St. Paul, MN

November 24th, 2009
10:31 pm

Angie….Just a thought… if your crib happens to be one of the cribs that isn’t in the recall, or is too old to be included, is there a way that you could somehow permanently attach the side in the upright position? Maybe bolt it together? It might be a bit of a pain, and not look beautiful, but they aren’t in their cribs forever and that would give you peace of mind, be safer & save you the cost of a new crib. We are on a tight budget too, so I totally understand. Take care. Kelly

Annabelle's grandmother

November 26th, 2009
10:20 am

I purchased a storkcraft chelsea 4-in-1 crib with drawer for my precious granddaughter born 03/09. It is one of the cribs “being recalled”. I/we NEVER received notification of the 1st recall in January 2009 which was for the same problem – drop down malfunctions – there are still people who have not received the “repair kits” from requests in January. Additionally,we have not received any info (other than sparse news coverage) about the “new” “recall” regarding this death trap – I am assuming the second recall was ordered due to the additional deaths/injuries. Storkcraft’s web site has been unavailable, their “800″ numbers are unaccessible (even at 1 am EST). We certainly can not wait for a resolution as we are talking about “Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs, per CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.

CPA says “do not put your child in this crib”, but too bad about your problem (i.e., children being murdered in their sleep due to malfunctioning cribs…) but is not doing one single thing to help all of these parents (who are probably NOT in a position to buy a new crib). Why would anyone believe a kit, which can not even be obtained, created by the creator of the death crib would be adequate? Every person who has one of these should IMMEDIATELY be given a safe crib…no questions asked, too bad about the “cost” to the manufacturers…what is the cost of a baby murdered in their own (safe?) bed? I am desperately searching for a non-drop down side crib…good luck friends – I can find millions of the cribs that we know are being recalled but not any safe ones – well, any safe one under $400.00 – that is probably fine for those who can shop ‘In the nicer stores (not Target & Walmart but rather the baby stores), but for the vast majority of us, that is not an option.

My heart bleeds for these parents who lovingly placed their precious baby in their crib only to find the “safe place” wasn’t safe…I don’t think I could handle it…

And BTW, there are certainly some really odd posts here – what the heck is “red china” (our government through “free trade” has made sure the US public buys cheaply made, unsafe and untested items – can’t really blame another country for that…)?, and although some may be shocked, there really, really are people who live in this country who can not afford to shop “in the nicer stores (not Target & Walmart but rather the baby stores).” and, I assume there are some of you who don’t want to think about it, but “The American People” post is accurate and they are simply trying to get information out to a group of human (parents) who should care about the world.

Good luck to all and I wish your babies safety.


June 25th, 2010
11:30 pm

I am concered about the crib I have. It’s has a drop down side rail and I have had no problems with it. I called this place and they told me it’s not one of them but I don’t know what to think. I bought it second hand and he told me that I shouldn’t of done that. My other crib is one of them that they are recalling. I don’t know what to do.