Of all the tragedies that one can face, the loss of a baby or toddler is undoubtedly among the worst. Most people want to believe in the manufacturers of products used by infants, but, unfortunately, the individuals designing and crafting these goods are just as susceptible to mistakes as anyone else and that can lead to devastating outcomes in Saint Petersburg. Therefore, choosing a crib wisely may mean the safety of your child.
In recent years, there has been a great deal of concern about the use of drop-side cribs for this exact reason. The cribs, of course, are designed to allow parents to lower one side for easier access to the infant within.
However, there have been many concerns expressed about the hardware wearing out and leaving a rather significant gap between the mattress and the side of the crib. Babies can easily slip into that gap and suffocate.
Even more dangerous are drop-side cribs purchased second-hand in St. Petersburg. Without realizing it, parents can purchase cribs that are missing vital components – screws, bolts, etc. Even the lack of safety instructions can leave parents prone to potentially fatal errors.
Since 2007, millions of drop-side cribs have been recalled for these reasons. Affected companies include large names, such as Graco, Pottery Barn, and Bassett Baby. The manufacturers have suggested that minor defects in design are the reasons for recall. In some instances, minor adjustments were made to better secure the design and prevent tragedy. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finally had enough and felt that the public was being put in unnecessary danger.
In 2011, the cribs were banned. All manufacturing and selling of traditional drop-side cribs was halted and it was mandated that manufacturers had to create stronger crib supports, supply better hardware, and test more. Even the re-sale of drop-side cribs is forbidden, yet there are many parents still using the old models for young siblings of the original occupants.
The CPSC website does offer some advice for reducing the risk of using drop-side cribs. If your child is injured as a result of one of these cribs, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.