About two dozen children are the latest to be injured by
drop-side cribs, causing three more recalls of about 35,000 cribs
and pushing federal regulators to get serious about crib
Ethan Allen, Angel Line and Victory Land Group recalled about 35,000 cribs
this week because the drop-side rail can detach from the crib
itself. This creates two main hazards: A child can roll over and
fall out of the crib, or they can fall into the gap between the
drop-side and the mattress and become trapped and possibly
The recalls are just the latest in a spate of drop-side crib
problems dating back at least two years. There have been 44
separate crib recalls since February 2008 affecting more than 7
million cribs, and earlier this month, Alexander Designs recalled
11,000 of its JCPenney drop-side cribs for the same reason.
Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday launched the "Safe
Sleep for Babies" campaign to help educate new and expectant
parents on the do's and don'ts of crib safety. The agency released
All three companies are offering free repairs kits for the cribs
that will immobilize the drop-side. Visit the CPSC website
for more information on these recalls.
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