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Crib or Play Yard Tents: A Safety Risk

Tots in Mind Play Yard Tent

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear.

Today’s recall of 20,000 Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kitsis a reminder and warning to all parents who use crib and play yard tents.

A 2-year-old boy from Maine was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the play yard frame and the metal rod base of the tent. The tent had been partly tied by pieces of nylon rope and partly attached by clips supplied by the manufacturer. The tent was tied to the play yard because the child was able to pop off the clips. The child apparently became entrapped while trying to climb out of the play yard. The manufacturer promoted this product as a way to keep a child in the play yard.

In other incidents involving the Tots in Mind play yard tent, parents reported that their children broke or removed clips when trying to get out. The manufacturer is offering new, stronger clips for the recalled tent.

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear. Zippers can break. Seams can tear. Clips can break, bend or get lost. The mesh or fabric can rip. Parents should monitor these products closely for damage and stop using them if they are damaged in any way.

Children have become tangled and trapped in damaged tents used to try to keep them in. Since late 2007, CPSC has received at least 10 reports of incidents involving tents used on cribs and play yards, including one death and one near death.

Parents who use any crib or play yard tent should only use the attachment equipment that comes with the tent, nothing more. Do not tie tents to hold them in place. Tents that are torn, ripped, have any missing pieces or are in any type of disrepair are dangerous for your child.

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/crib-or-play-yard-tents-a-safety-risk/

Watch and Share: Check Your Crib for Safety

The drumbeat on drop-side cribs is continuing with the recall announcement today of more than 2 million more cribs. These cribs and the others that have already been recalled may well be in your house. They are made by Childcraft, Delta, Evenflo, Jardine, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby, and Simmons.

There have been far too many tragedies involving babies and toddlers resulting from dangerous cribs. In the last five years, CPSC has announced 18 recalls involving more than 9 million drop-side cribs. The agency’s staff is actively investigating various crib manufacturers as part of a large, ongoing effort to remove unsafe cribs from the marketplace and your homes.

For many parents, the question is what to do with cribs in use right now. First and foremost after making sure that your crib hasn’t been recalled: Check your crib.

If you’re not quite sure what that means, this video is for you. Watch it, share it and take the advice of CPSC juvenile products engineer Patty Edwards. She is a premier expert on cribs and other nursery products.

(Read the transcript or watch in Windows Media format, or on CPSC’s YouTube Channel.)

If you’ve still got questions, here are a few that CPSC has received, along with answers:

Q: CPSC’s drop-side crib information makes me nervous about owning a drop-side crib, but I can’t afford a new crib. What should I do?

A: Check your crib as shown in the video. If your crib has loose sides or missing or broken pieces that you can’t easily tighten, then move your child to a different safe sleeping place. Depending on the child’s age, this can be a bassinet, a play yard or a toddler bed – so long as that product hasn’t been recalled as well.

Should I get an immobilizer for my crib, even if it hasn’t been recalled? Where do I get them?

An immobilizer stops the drop side from moving outwards as well as up and down. This prevents a baby from getting stuck between the drop side and the rest of the crib. You should get and use an immobilizer for your drop-side crib if it is available. Different cribs need different immobilizers. Contact your manufacturer to see if the company is offering or planning to offer an immobilizer for your crib.

Immobilizers should only be used on cribs that do not have broken or missing hardware. An immobilizer will not make broken cribs safe. An immobilizer will prevent future breakage and protect hardware.

In addition, immobilizers are meant to be used on newer cribs, not cribs that are older than 10 years.

The immobilizer fix kit on my recalled crib forced the drop side to become stationary. I’m short and can’t reach my baby. What can I do?

CPSC’s staff understands how difficult it can be for some moms to use a tall fixed-side crib. Some of us are short moms, too. Convenience, though, is a different question than safety. We at CPSC aim to provide you with the best information available to us to keep your baby safe.

Some manufacturers make cribs with drop-gates rather than drop sides and cribs that are lower to the ground.

If you’re short and are finding your newly fixed-side crib difficult to use, look for a safe solution to reach down to your baby. One solution could be a wide, sturdy step stool, such as the steps used in step aerobics.

I’m using a second-hand drop-side crib. Is this safe for my baby?

Age is a factor in the safety of any drop-side crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that’s older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

The more use a particular crib experiences over time, the more that crib will sustain wear and tear on hardware and joints, allowing screws to loosen and fall out and plastic parts to flex and break. Repeated assembly and disassembly increases the likelihood that crib parts can be damaged or lost. In addition, wood warps and shrinks over time, and glue can become brittle. This can lead to joint and slat failures.

Be sure to check your crib regularly and stop using it if you are at all uncertain about its safety.

Do you have other questions? E-mail them to feedback@cpsc.gov.

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/06/watch-and-share-check-your-crib-for-safety/

La CPSC advierte a los padres acerca de las cunas con baranda móvil

Un bebé puede estrangularse en el hueco en forma de “V” que se crea cuando se desprende la parte de arriba de la baranda móvil.

Como parte de su compromiso de asegurar un sueño seguro para los niños más pequeños, la Comisión para la Seguridad de los Productos de Consumo de EE.UU. (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC) advierte una vez más a padres y cuidadores acerca de los peligros mortales que representan las cunas con baranda móvil. En los últimos cinco años, la CPSC ha anunciado 11 retiros del mercado que involucraron más de 7 millones de cunas con baranda móvil debido a los peligros de asfixia y estrangulación ocasionados por las barandas móviles. El personal de la CPSC se encuentra investigando activamente a varios otros fabricantes de cunas para detectar posibles peligros ocasionados por las barandas móviles, como parte de una iniciativa más amplia que está llevando a cabo la agencia a fin de evitar la presencia de cunas inseguras en el mercado y en los hogares. La CPSC continuará tomando medidas enérgicas para eliminar los riesgos y mantendrá al público informado.

La Presidenta de la CPSC, Inez Tenenbaum, ha prometido a padres y cuidadores que este año se dictará una nueva norma federal de carácter obligatorio, con mejoras importantes, para las cunas. Esta norma incluirá, como mínimo, la nueva norma de carácter voluntario que prohíbe las cunas con baranda móvil en el mercado estadounidense. Gracias a esta nueva norma industrial de cumplimiento voluntario, muchos fabricantes ya han dejado de vender cunas con baranda móvil o comenzarán a hacerlo a partir del 1 de junio de 2010.

El personal técnico de la CPSC ha determinado que, en general, las cunas con baranda móvil tienden a tener una menor solidez estructural que las cunas con los cuatro laterales fijos. Las piezas de la baranda móvil son propensas a romperse, deformarse o presentar otros problemas durante su uso normal o previsible. Cuanto más vieja sea la cuna, más problemas pueden esperarse. Cuando las piezas de la baranda móvil se rompen o se deforman, la baranda móvil puede desprenderse de la cuna en una o más esquinas. Si al rodar sobre sí mismo o al moverse un bebé o un niño que ya empieza a andar cae en el hueco formado por la baranda móvil parcialmente desprendida, puede asfixiarse al quedar atrapado o aprisionado entre el colchón de la cuna y la baranda móvil. Los bebés también pueden estrangularse en el hueco en forma de “V” que se crea cuando una baranda móvil se desprende en una de sus esquinas superiores.

Revise su cuna regularmente y asegúrese de que no haya sido retirada del mercado. Si bien el personal de la CPSC no puede decir que todas las cunas con baranda móvil sean peligrosas, la agencia, basándose en la investigación de denuncias que ha recibido, considera que la mayor parte de las cunas con baranda móvil son más propensas en general a tener fallas mecánicas que las cunas de diseño similar con laterales fijos.

Siga leyendo

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/05/la-cpsc-advierte-a-los-padres-acerca-de-las-cunas-con-baranda-movil/

CPSC Warns Parents About Drop-Side Cribs

En Español

A baby can strangle in the “V” shape when the top portion of the drop side detaches.

A baby can strangle in the “V” shape when the top portion of the drop side detaches.

As part of its commitment to ensure safe sleep for young children, CPSC is once again warning parents and caregivers about deadly hazards with drop-side cribs. In the last five years, CPSC has announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards created by the drop side. CPSC staff is actively investigating several other crib manufacturers for potential drop-side hazards as part of a larger effort by the agency to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. CPSC will continue to take aggressive action to address any risks and will keep the public informed.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum has committed to parents and caregivers that there will be a new and vastly improved mandatory federal standard for cribs this year. The standard will incorporate, at minimum, the new voluntary standard banning drop-side cribs from the United States market. Due to the new voluntary industry standard, many manufacturers have already stopped selling drop-side cribs or will do so beginning June 1, 2010.

CPSC technical staff has determined drop-side cribs generally have a tendency to be less structurally sound than cribs with four fixed sides. Drop-side hardware is prone to break, deform or experience other problems during normal or foreseeable use. The older the crib, the more problems can be expected. When drop-side hardware breaks or deforms, the drop side can detach in one or more corners from the crib. If an infant or toddler rolls or moves into the space created by a partially detached drop side, the child can become entrapped or wedged between the crib mattress and the drop side and suffocate. Infants can also strangle in the “V” shape formed by a drop side that detaches in an upper corner.

Check your crib regularly and make sure it has not already been recalled. While CPSC staff cannot say that every drop-side crib is hazardous, based on investigations of incidents we have received, the agency believes that overall most drop-side cribs are more prone to mechanical failure than similar designed fixed-side cribs.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/05/cpsc-warns-parents-about-drop-side-cribs/

Your Simplicity Crib Recall Questions Answered

En Español
Q: I have a Simplicity Model 8997 Crib. It appears to have the same type of mattress support. I am not sure if it is included in the recall or not. I have not seen it on any of the lists. I am concerned that it is one that was missed. Has this model been evaluated? Have there been any reports of incidents? I am concerned because it does appear to have a gap between the mattress and the sides of the crib. In some areas the gap seems rather large. I would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience.

A: CPSC has heard this question many times since last week’s recall. ALL Simplicity cribs with the tubular metal mattress have been recalled. Because Simplicity is out of business, CPSC does not know all the model numbers that use the tubular metal mattress support. The model numbers listed in the recall are the ones that CPSC is certain exist, but many other model numbers are affected as well.

Q: I just found on the website that my son’s crib was recalled in September of 2008, but I had never seen anything about this until now. It has the tubular mattress support and the site says that all the cribs with this design are being recalled. What if I don’t have a receipt showing when or where it was purchased? Can I still take it back to the store where it was purchased? I don’t want to take it all apart and make a 35 minute trek to my “local” Walmart, and then be told there’s nothing they can do. Please let me know.

A: You do not need a receipt to return a recalled crib to the retailer. The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide. Contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib or store credit. This Simplicity recalls chart shows you numerous Simplicity nursery products that have been recalled and what you can do. CPSC recommends that you bring the recall notice with you to the retailer when you return your crib in case the retailer has questions.

Q: Are retailers required to provide a remedy? If the retailers are not providing a remedy that I like, for instance minimal refunds, do I have any other options?

Because Simplicity is no longer in business, CPSC reached out to retailers to request they voluntarily participate in the recall. Many retailers, including those identified above, have voluntarily agreed to provide consumers with a refund, store credit or replacement crib, at their discretion. If your retailer is refusing to provide any remedy, please let us know so that CPSC staff can contact the retailer.

A company may take into account the age of a product when providing a refund or store credit.

Simplicity Crib with tubular metal mattress support

One of the bars in this Simplicity mattress support has detached. Others are bent.

Q: My crib is part of the Simplicity crib recall due to having a metal tube frame system (for the mattress to rest on). I do not have a drop rail. I checked my crib. It seems fine, no loose parts, it does not wiggle one bit when I try to move/shake it. If my crib seems structurally fine can I let my child sleep on it?

A: Do NOT continue to use this crib or any crib that has been recalled. These Simplicity drop-side and fixed side cribs have been recalled because the mattress support can collapse and pieces can bend or detach. CPSC is aware of a one-year-old who died in a fixed-side Simplicity crib. CPSC also knows of more than a dozen additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to bending or detaching metal pieces in the mattress support frame.

Make sure to find an alternate safe sleeping environment for your child until you have a new crib in place. If your baby is less than six months old and is not yet able to push up to his/her hands and knees, you can put your baby to sleep in a bassinet. After that, you can use a play yard. Once your child is mobile and is climbing out, you can use a toddler bed or a mattress on the floor.

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/05/your-simplicity-crib-recall-questions-answered/