According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 11 million cribs, bassinets and play yards have been recalled between 2009-2011. Check below to see if your brand of crib has been recalled. Parents must also be vigilant about the safety of their crib. Check that your crib meets all the safety requirements (slat width, parts are intact, etc.)
Used cribs pose a threat to the safety of children. Since cribs are the only child product manufactured expressly for leaving a child unattended, every crib must meet current safety standards.
Beginning June 28, 2011 all cribs sold in the United States must meet new federal requirements for overall crib safety. We do not recommend that you try to repair a damaged or worn crib. If you insist on repairing a crib yourself, use only parts supplied or recommended by the manufacturer. When in doubt, throw it out!
Did You Know?
CPSC estimates there are still 20,000,000 unsafe cribs in use or lurking in storage and remain on the agencies Most Wanted List.
According to the CPSC’s December 2017 “Injuries and Deaths associated with Nursery Products Among Children Younger than Age Five” report:
- In 2016, there were an estimated 62,300 emergency department-treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under the age of 5.
- Crib/mattress injuries increased from 10,600 in 2015 to 11,300 in 2016. Injuries in playpens/play yards decreased from 2,700 to 1,700.
- Cribs/mattresses, play yards/playpens and bassinets/cradles are the leading cause of death and injury among all nursery products, associated with 74% of the all fatalities reported.
- From 2012-2014, there were 284 deaths. 109 deaths (38%) were from cribs/mattresses associated with a cluttered sleep environment. Playpens/play yards were responsible for 47 deaths (17%) due to infant suffocation on a blanket, pillow or soft bedding inside the play yard.