Parents of infants should take note of the latest crib recall announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission involving Oeuf Sparrow cribs. The eco-conscious children's company, whose goal is to make essential baby products without compromising quality and safety, is making good on its "Be Good" mission by recalling 14,000 of its cribs because of a potential entrapment hazard.
The recent recall affects Oeuf children's cribs manufactured between July 2007 and January 2014 and sold at independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online. The birch, grey, walnut, and white-colored recalled cribs have the model numbers 1SPCR, 2SPCR, 4SPCR, or 5SPCR imprinted on the warning label that is attached to the crib's mattress support.
Though no injuries have occurred, the manufacturer has received four reports of crib slats and the top rail detaching from the crib. Consumers are urged to stop using the cribs and contact Oeuf via the web or toll free at 844-653-8527 for a free repair kit.
The Oeuf crib recall serves as a good reminder to check your child's crib regularly for potentially unsafe wear and tear. Follow these safety guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure your crib is a safe space for your baby:
- A drop-side rail is a don't. Since June 2008, the federal government has prohibited the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs due to their connection in 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths. If you own a crib with a drop-side rail, check with the manufacturer for a free immobilizer.
- Buy new. Any new furniture that bears the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association safety certification seal is safe. If it's not possible to buy a new crib, check the CPSC's crib recall list to make sure your used crib hasn't been recalled. If it has, contact the manufacturer to receive any replacement parts and make the necessary repairs.
- Inspect the crib often. Tighten any loose screws and replace any missing or broken parts.
- Ditch the pillows. No doubt that designer bumper pad is cute, but it could potentially suffocate your child if he finds his way over to it. Avoid placing stuffed animals in the crib and using comforters or quilts to cover your baby for the same life-threatening reason.
- Check the mattress. Use only a firm mattress and make sure there is no space between the mattress and the crib walls.
- Only flame retardant fabrics allowed. All fabrics in your baby's room--sheets, curtains, blankets, sleepwear--should be flame retardant.