With more than 5 million cribs, bassinets, and play yards recalled since January 2007, parents and child care providers have a new online resource for crib safety tips and up-to-date crib recall information: the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's new Crib Information Center. This new online portal features news on safety standards for cribs and other sleeping environments for infants, crib safety publications from CPSC, detailed information on recent recalls, and a sign-up page for users to receive free crib safety alerts and recalls via email.
Last week, the CPSC held a Staff Roundtable on Cribs and Other Sleeping Environments for Infants, which featured presentations and discussions on current and future safety standards for infant sleep environment products like cribs and bassinets, from CPSC staff and private advocates for crib safety. Presentations and discussions from last week's roundtable are available online at http://www.cpsc.gov/infantsleep.html.
A number of high-profile crib recalls have grabbed headlines recently. In January, Jardine Enterprises announced the expansion of a June 2008 recall of the company's wooden cribs, because wooden slats on the cribs can break and create a gap that poses an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers. Between the June 2008 recall and the January 2009 expansion, the total number of recalled Jardine cribs was about 375,000.
In October of last year, about 1.5 million Delta Enterprise cribs were recalled because two potential defects in the cribs' "drop side" mechanism posed an entrapment and suffocation hazard for infants. The Delta Enterprise cribs were sold nationwide at stores like Wal-Mart, Targetm, and K-Mart.