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Federal safety officials sounded the alarm over the weekend on drop-side cribs, issuing another recall and urging parents to be aware of the hazards in using this crib style, MSNBC reports. The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also this weekend said she and her panel have "determined that it is time now to stop the manufacture of drop-side cribs," the Chicago Tribune reports.
About 170,000 drop-side cribs were pulled Friday after six infants were injured, according to The Associated Press and the CPSC. The cribs were manufactured in Italy, Latvia, Brazil, China and Vietnam and distributed nationwide in the U.S. between January 2000 and March 2010 under the company name Golden Baby Inc.
The CPSC said drop-side cribs have been linked to 32 deaths in the past nine years and are suspected in 14 others. In the past five years, the CPSC has announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards, MSNBC reports. In early 2009, Crib Notes reported on manufacturers voluntarily proposing a ban on drop-side cribs because of concerns over infant deaths.
For photos of the recalled cribs and other recent items pulled from store shelves, check out our Recent Product Recalls page.
Buying baby gear—whether new or used—can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be as long as you're well-informed. Ideally any gear you rely on to protect your child should be purchased new. Remember, safety standards change, and straps, buckles and harnesses wear out, and parts can go missing, according to our safety experts. For more tips on buying used baby products, browse through our Buying The Big Four page.
Also, check out our Buyer's Guide 2010 picks for baby's nursery—dreamy and safe essentials for your baby's first pad!
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.