If your child care center cares for infants, your number one priority must be to keep children safe by maintaining a secure and healthy environment. On the list of child care equipment that may be extremely dangerous for young children are cribs for infants. Infants may be at risk of entrapment, suffocation, strangulation, or asphyxiation if childcare products prove to be faulty.
Parents and child care providers MUST check with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list which can be found at cpsc.gov. You can even sign up to be on an email list which will inform you of current recalls. They continually updated the recall list, so be sure to check frequently for recalls on toys, cribs, and child care equipment.
Depending on the severity of the recall, the manufacturer might mail kits with parts to repair faulty products. Sometimes consumers are told to take the product back to where they were purchased for refunds, store credits or replacement items.
2009 Crib Recalls
In order to reduce the risk of injury or even death of children in your care, it is important to take note of the following crib recalls so far in 2009. All information is taken directly from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website:
January 2009: Stork Craft Baby Cribs, Mattress Support Bracket Failures Create Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation, Manufactured by Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, 535,000 units. “The metal support brackets used to support the crib mattress and mattress board can crack and break. When one or more support brackets break, the mattress can collapse and create a dangerous gap between the mattress and crib rails, in which a child can become entrapped and suffocate”. Some have the Fischer Price logo on them.
April 2009: SunKids Convertible Cribs recalled by Suntech Enterprises Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards, Suntech Enterprises Inc., of City of Commerce, Calif., 1900 units. “The sides of the crib are made of mesh that expands, creating a gap between the side and the crib’s mattress if it’s not zipped into place, or a gap between the side and an added mattress. A young child can slip into this gap and become entrapped or suffocate. Also, the crib’s drop side can fail to fully latch posing a fall hazard to young children”.
April 2009: Jardine Announces Second Recall Expansion of Cribs Sold by Babies’R'Us; Cribs Pose Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards. Jardine Cribs, Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan, About 96,000 (320,000 units were previously recalled in June 2008 and 56,450 units were recalled in January 2009). “The wooden crib slats can break, creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers”.
June 2009: LaJobi Recalls Bonavita “Cabana” Drop Side Cribs Due To Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards, Bonavita “Cabana” Drop Side Cribs, LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., 2000 units. “The wooden crib slats can detach or break creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers”.
June 2009: LaJobi Recalls Babi Italia Pinehurst and Bonavita Hudson Drop Side Cribs; Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation. Bonavita “Hudson” and Babi Italia “Pinehurst” Drop Side Cribs, LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., 2900 units. “The lower spring pins on the footboard and headboard can pop out of the tracks located on the drop side causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a hazardous gap between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become entrapped and suffocate or fall from cribs”.
July 2009: Simplicity Drop Side Cribs Recalled by Retailers Due to Risk of Death from Suffocation. Simplicity Drop Side Cribs, Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc. of Reading, Pa., 400,000 units. “The crib’s plastic hardware can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation”.
Cribs are an expensive investment for a daycare business, However it is an investment that is essential for licensed daycare providers that care for infants. Be aware that if you must buy used cribs for your daycare center it is imperative that you check against the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list to be sure the crib has not been previously recalled.
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