Cribs recalled, what parents need to know

By LaKecia Shockley - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The largest crib recall in U.S. history is getting lots of local attention from parents and crib retailers. More than 2-million drop-side cribs are being recalled, after a design problem in the cribs is being blamed for the deaths of at least four infants.

"There's 28 cribs inside this store and two of them have drop side cribs so if that tells you anything," said Clay Yoder, owner of Cribs Galore. "It's not one of our bigger sellers."

Since the massive crib recall Yoder has received lots of calls.

"Since the recall came out I've had a lot of e-mails, lot of phone calls from customers just making sure that the cribs that they purchased here at cribs galore that there safe," said Yoder. "I do carry a couple of drop side cribs that weren't part of the recall and they're safe but we're going to discontinue those."

Cribs Galore says when it comes to drop side cribs parents should be on the look out.

"This is what we want to stay away from," explained Yoder, showing the crib. "Like the nylon, the plastic hardware."

"The cribs that we sell are not part of the recall, but a lot of the cribs are so shaky on the front that a baby can actually trigger the locking mechanism and cause the drop gate to go down on it's own."

Yoder says convertible cribs or "built to grow" cribs are a safer option.

"Cribs that convert from a crib to a toddler bed, to a full size bed, those are the most substantial cribs," he explained. "There's no moving parts, they're all stationary."

Yoder added that for some imported cribs, manufacturing quality has gone down - quality that unfortunately has cost infants their lives.

Yoder says if you have a drop-side crib, turn it around so the drop side faces the wall. He says that may cut down on accidents. He also says shoppers should buy cribs from a reputable store and know what they're getting.

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