Written by Andrew Sarski on March 8, 2011
Drop-Side Crib Recalls
More than 10 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the past five years alone due to the products’ lack of structural integrity, and the potential for these products to cause serious injury or infant death. These defective products were manufactured in different parts of the world, including China, Brazil, Vietnam, and Italy, and were distributed by a number of retailers to consumers across the country. These defective cribs have been manufactured between 2000 and 2010 by a number of big-name companies, including:
When the recall was first initiated, many manufacturers encouraged drop-side crib owners to take advantage of the companies’ free drop-side crib immobilization kits to prevent the crib’s drop side from detaching, as well as replacement hardware and assembly instructions. However, the U.S. CPSC now encourages drop-side crib owners to terminate use of the product altogether and to purchase a new, safer crib.
Drop-Side Cribs Banned
In July 2010, a unanimous vote by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission definitively banned the manufacture and sale of new or used drop-side cribs, additionally prohibiting their use in day-care centers and hotels, among other facilities. Beginning in June 2011, it will be against the law to sell a drop-side crib, even at a garage sale. Unfortunately, baby cribs are so often family heirlooms passed down through the generations, that the risk of parents unknowingly using a dangerous drop-side crib remains a significant issue. Although it won’t be illegal to have a drop-side crib at home even once the new safety standard is in effect, owners of these defective products are encouraged by the U.S. CPSC to replace their current products with fixed-side cribs. Even drop-side cribs that have not been recalled may present a safety issue for a child should the crib be missing any pieces or have sustained any damage. Parents and caregivers are advised to purchase a new crib which meets the newly-established safety standards as soon as possible.
Defective Drop-Side Cribs and Life-Threatening Injury
These drop-side cribs have been deemed defective and were recalled because of the significant risk of small children suffering severe injuries and death, even while using the products in the manner for which they were intended. These cribs have been implicated in the death of at least thirty-two infants and toddlers and suspected in fourteen others in the past ten years. In addition, there have been hundreds of incidents caused by or related to drop-side detachments in certain cribs. The risk of infant entrapment is high as the drop-side rail on these cribs may become partially detached, exposing a V-gap between the rail and headboard in which the child’s head or neck can become trapped, potentially resulting in strangulation or suffocation. In addition, if the child moves into the space created by a partially detached drop side, the child may become wedged between the mattress and the drop-side rail, resulting in suffocation.
A Drop-Side Crib Attorney Can Help
Defective products like drop-side cribs put millions of small children at risk of experiencing serious and potentially fatal injury. If you own and are currently using one of the recalled drop-side cribs, discontinue use of the product immediately. If your child has sustained serious injuries from being entrapped in the crib, or if your child suffered strangulation or suffocation as a result of the defective product, contact a drop-side crib attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to file a drop-side crib lawsuit in order to collect reimbursement for your child’s injuries, the medical expenses associated with injury treatment, and the pain and suffering incurred by you and your family. If your child’s injuries resulting from drop-side crib use were fatal, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the product’s manufacturing company. You are not at fault for the injuries or death your child may have suffered as a result of using a defective drop-side crib, and with the help of an experienced drop-side crib lawyer, you can collect the compensation you deserve.