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Feds ban drop-side cribs

Evenflo Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio, and the U.S.

Evenflo Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 750,000 Jenny Lind model cribs. The model is among 2 million being recalled June 24 by various distributors CPSC and Evenflo have received 31 reports of drop sides that malfunctioned or detached. One involved the entrapment of a 7-month old boy between the drop side and the crib mattress. He sustained bumps and bruises to his head. The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become entrapped, leading to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear. (Undated) Credit: Handout

WASHINGTON - The government is outlawing drop-side cribs after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of the cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing children to be lifted easily from the bed.

A fixture for infant care for decades, drop-side cribs have come under scrutiny in recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper plastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib.

When that happens, it can create a dangerous "V"-like gap between the mattress and side rail where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

In the past year the federal product safety agency has recalled numerous brands and models because of the problem.

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