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CPSC Document #5027

Some Crib Cornerposts May Be Dangerous: Safety Alert The U.S.

Consumer Product Safety Commission warns of astrangulation hazard that may exist with some cribs that haveprojections on the cornerposts. Decorative knobs or cornerposts which extend above the crib end or side have caught clothing, necklaces and pacifier cords as the child moves about in the corner areas of the crib.

These knobs or posts have beenimplicated in two cases of brain damage and 48 deaths due to strangulation.

The Commission urges that parents never tie pacifiers around a child's neck. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA),after being alerted to this hazard by the CPSC, developed a voluntary standard that restricts the height of crib cornerpost extentions to 1/16 inch unless the posts are high and the tops are out of reach of a child, such as where the posts are supports for a canopy.

Most crib manufacturers have already ceased to produce cribs with post extensions. However, there may be thousands of such cribs still in consumers' homes, at garage sales, or in second-hand furniture stores.

If you already own a crib with cornerpost extensions more than 1/16 inch in height, the Commission urges that you remove the extensions and discard them. Some may be removed merely by unscrewing, while others may have to be sawed off and sanded smooth.

If you are purchasing a new or used crib, look for one that has cornerpost extensions less than 1/16 inch above the top edge of the end or side.

For more information on crib safety, consumers may send astamped self-addressed envelope to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Two Greentree Center, Suite 225, Box955, Marlton, NJ 08053.

To report an unsafe consumer product ora product-related injury, consumers may call the Consumer ProductSafety Commission's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772. Ateletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is available at 1800-638-8270.009108

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