The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that there has been a recall of 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs. The crib includes a side that raises up and down, a feature that is dangerous because part of the side may detach or break. Babies can then become caught between the side and the mattress, resulting in suffocation and death. Four incidents have been reported. For more details, visit this New York Times article.
Owners of the crib should stop using the model immediately and contact Stork Craft for a free repair kit. The current Stork Craft recall and recalls of similar drop-side cribs of various brands in the past few years have raised growing concern. Several groups have banned or discouraged drop-side cribs. Cribs with fixed sides would eliminate the safety risk posed by a drop side malfunctioning. We must give our children the safest environment possible–they depend on us!