Crib Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of about 11,400 Alexander Designs Ltd. brand drop-side cribs, distributed by J.C. Penney.

The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break, causing the drop side to detach from the crib. (Any parent recognizes this problem.) When the drop side detaches, a gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress. Children can get trappped which potentially can cause suffocation or strangulation. Obviously, the collateral problem is that children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail fails. There is not a lot of margin for error for those of us who struggle to put these things together. Drop-side rail failures also can occur due to incorrect assembly and wear and tear.