Keeping our Babies Safe

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Joan Lunden

Children's Health /

I saw a report on TV this morning that there has been another crib recall. I wanted to share the story with everyone in an attempt to help people to protect infants everywhere. It can sometimes be confusing when we see all these recalls but it’s important that we check our children’s cribs especially if we’ve purchased them second hand or have had them passed down from other family and friends. That was the case with the infant who died in this morning’s story.

I recently hosted a public Service Announcement for the Consumer Product Safety Commission on crib safety which gives the new safety requirements. We can never be too safe when it comes to our children.

Safe Sleep Press Release
Child Crib Safety

Reuters (updated 3/22/2011 5:33:36 PM ET)

The Consumer Product Safety Commission re-announced on Tuesday the recall of Delta Enterprise "Safety Peg" Drop-Side cribs after a second infant death associated with the crib.

The original 2008 recall included more than 985,000 drop-side cribs. CPSC said in the original recall that cribs where safety pegs were missing could cause entrapment and suffocation.

In January, the CPSC and Delta learned that a baby died in a recalled crib that had been purchased second-hand. A seven-month-old girl from Colorado Springs, Colorado, became trapped and suffocated.

At the time of the first recall, the CPSC had notified consumers about the death of an eight-month-old girl who died under similar circumstances.

A major problem appears to be purchasing cribs second hand.

"Buying or accepting cribs second hand can be risky," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Second-hand cribs may not come with all of the necessary parts that are needed to make sure your baby is safe," she said.

"We urge parents and caregivers to use caution and to be aware that new rules established by CPSC will bring safer cribs to the market this summer."

CPSC said the cribs were sold at major retail stores including Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and December 2005 for about $100.

Consumers should discontinue use until they have contacted Delta Enterprise Corp. and install a repair kit.

copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

Categories: Children's Health, Family
About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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