CPSC Educates Parents About Crib Safety Following Several Crib Recalls

Instructional video issued by CPSC tells parents how to avoid crib injuriesThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently produced a crib safety video for new and expectant parents as part of a multi-pronged effort to reduce crib deaths and injuries for babies.

The video, which shows how to keep babies safe in their sleeping environments, is part of the Safe Sleep Initiative of the CPSC. The initiative includes providing educational materials for new parents, developing strict new crib standards, issuing warnings about the dangers of certain types of cribs and recalling defective cribs, according to a press release issued by the CPSC.

The press release states that CPSC is aware of about 30 crib deaths, and that the leading causes of such fatalities are loose or missing hardware and the presence of extra bedding in the crib. The video explains to parents that removing excess bedding and checking the crib for detached or missing parts is crucial to the safety of their infant. It also instructs parents not to use potentially deadly positioning devices in their baby's crib, and to keep the crib away from dangling or loose cords that could cause suffocation, according to the press release.

The CSPC has recently recalled three drop-side crib models due to hazards of entrapment, suffocation and fall.