Drop-side cribs recalled.

Posted on 20 April 2012

The most important job parents have is keeping their children safe. Whether they are newborn, toddlers, children or adults, keeping their sons and daughters out of harm's way is something that will always be a top responsibility for mommies and daddies.

And, although parents can't protect their little bundles of joy 24/7, they can take certain preventative steps to keep their children safe. One way to do this is to check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

Here, mommies and daddies can get current information on products that have been recalled due to potential safety hazards. For example, earlier this month, the CPSC reported that Rockland Furniture Drop-side Cribs were recalled due to suffocation, entrapment, and fall hazards.

The cribs, which are manufactured by Nan Far Woodworking, were produced in Taiwan and sold at JCPenney stores and on the store's website between January 2005 and December 2008 for around $150 to $400. One of the reasons that leaving a baby in the crib is a cause for concern, the CPSC says, is because occasionally, the drop sides malfunction, which makes it much easier for a baby to fall out.

The cribs' drop sides can break or come off, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which a baby can roll and become wedged. Cribs can malfunction if it is assembled incorrectly or by simple wear and tear.

To date, five incidents involving faulty drop sides on this model have been reported. Of these reports, one child became entrapped and endured minor bruises and scratches.

Although these CPSC recalls are infrequent, an accident is any parent's' worst nightmare. But, such incidents can be prevented provided parents stay abreast of recall information.

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