Over 600,000 cribs have been recalled nationwide from some major national distributors after one child strangled and several others were hurt. American safety groups have said that part of the crib can detach and fall away causing suffocation hazard for children, and experts say that the part that is most vulnerable is also part that caregivers most often use to get children in and out of cribs.
“When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle,” a safety organization said in a released statement.
The group also said that infants are a risk because slats on the sides of the cribs can be damaged which is another possible venue for them to suffocate and/or strangle themselves. The company that made the cribs has released a statement saying that the children’s parents were in fact arrested for child endangerment after trying to hold the broken crib together with duct tape.
People who are these cribs are to stop using them immediately at least until repair kits can be issued in February.
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