Noble McIntyre on July 14, 2011
Chrysler is recalling about 250,000 Ram pickups because a bad part in the steering system makes it possible for drivers to lose control of the truck. The bad news for Chrysler is the Ram is the company’s top selling vehicle, with 242,780 Ram pickups from the 2008-2011 model years being recalled. The defective product recall is in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s announcement that a part near the left front wheel of the truck can fracture and potentially cause crashes. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on June 17, 2011
The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit safety advocacy group, has announced that millions of Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 1993 to the 2004 model years are likely to catch on fire when struck from behind and should be recalled. The center began investigating the jeep model and found that from 1992-2008, there were 172 fatal fire crashes which caused 254 deaths. Continue reading
Jeremy Thurman on August 10, 2010
It is common knowledge that you should always lift with your legs, not with your back to avoid injury. But where are the guidelines to picking children up and out of cribs? It’s almost impossible to lift without using your back when carrying a child out of a crib. That’s why drop-side cribs were invented. Drop-side cribs have been considered one of the most popular models in the crib industry. They have three stationary sides and one that lowers, parents can pick up a child more properly. But while these types of cribs may make life easier for parents, there is concern that drop-side cribs can create a safety hazard for children.
Even though drop-side cribs have been used for many years, consumer advocates say today’s drop-sides are not as sturdy as those of the past. Many newer models have plastic tracking guides for the side that drops down — made of materials that critics say are more prone to breaking. Also poor or incorrect assembly of the cribs can affect their stability and functionality.
According to NewsOK.com, Pottery Barn Kids has recalled 82,000 drop-side cribs adding to the total of 9 million cribs that have been recalled in the past 5 years. Drop-sides have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000 and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities.
Crib-makers have already started phasing out drop-sides and big retailers such as Babies R Us don’t even carry them in stores. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is working to address issues with drop-side cribs and to strengthen crib safety standards in general.
Considered a safer alternative, drop-gate cribs have become more popular. In drop-gate cribs, the top five or six inches of one side can fold down to allow parents easier access, but still offer protection for the infant.
It is still recommended that you purchase a new crib instead of a used one since safety requirements are much more stringent today than in years past. Older cribs may present entrapment risks and other hazards, or contain lead paint or other toxic materials. If you do consider a used crib, make sure it hasn’t been recalled by checking with the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Baby Crib Safety Recalls.
Here are some additional tips from the CPSC about crib safety:
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Cribs that are incorrectly assembled, have missing, loose or broken hardware or broken slats can result in entrapment or suffocation deaths. Infants can become strangled when their head and neck become entrapped in gaps created by missing, loose or broken hardware or broken slats.