The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the third time has recalled cribs made by Jardine Enterprises because of slats that break — this time adding 96,000 cribs to the tally of those that could trap or strangle a baby. The move brings the total number of recalled Jardine cribs, sold largely at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores, to almost half-million. Jardine first recalled some of its cribs in June 2008, and then expanded the recall in January of this year. The cribs in all three recalls were made in China and Vietnam.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission states it has received 31 reports of slats breaking, including two reports of children who were trapped in the gap created when the slats broke. Consumers told the agency that in 10 cases the children broke the slats while in their cribs. One child received bumps and bruises. This type of gap is particularly dangerous because tiny bodies can slip through the gaps, but their heads get caught and they can strangle or hang to death.
With any crib, bassinet or play yard, following a few simple rules will keep babies sleeping safely. The following is provided by the CPSC website:
- To prevent suffocation, never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby’s sleep environment. Also, make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
- Proper assembly of cribs is paramount – Follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance.
- Do not use old, broken or modified cribs – Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads remain entrapped.
- Properly set up play yards according to manufacturers’ directions. Only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard; do not add extra padding.
- Never place a crib near a window with blind or curtain cords; babies can strangle on curtain or blind cords.
For a list of recalled models and other information about crib safety, go to the CPSC Crib Information Center.