07.15.10 Popular retailer pulls drop-side cribs as federal officials make strides in effort to enact ban.
Pottery Barn Kids and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall Wednesday of more than 80,000 drop-side cribs because of suffocation, entrapment and falling hazards, The Associated Press reports. The recall includes all Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs, regardless of the model number, according to the CPSC.
In addition on Wednesday, the CPSC voted to push to make cribs with four fixed sides mandatory, plus proposals for stricter crib testing and the use of more durable materials, such as metal screws instead of wooden ones, USA Today reports. The new rules would take effect in 2011 and also ban the use of drop-side cribs at motels, hotels and child-care facilities.
If you have a recalled crib, CPSC and Pottery Barn Kids are urging consumers to immediately inspect the targeted crib for any broken hardware. Feel free to contact Pottery Barn to receive a free conversion kit that will immobilize the crib's drop side.
Fit Pregnancy in the past has reported on the growing concern with drop-side cribs. The increasing number of recalls of such cribs has prompted officials to push toward a ban. For a listing of 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 informed. For tips on buying new or used baby products, browse through our Buying the Big Four page. Happy shopping!
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.