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ABC News says this will NOT be the first time cribs have been withdrawn because of dropdown side dangers.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