Garage sale crib bargain may pose safety threat

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Now that summer garage sale season is underway, safety experts have a reminder for bargain hunters when it comes to children’s items – baby cribs in particular.

“If it’s an old crib, it’s highly unlikely that it’s a safe crib,” said Dr. Eric Yancy, Chief Medical Officer at Managed Health Services in Indianapolis.

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved new crib standards to improve safety – involving crib strength, mattress support, and hardware.

While Yancy said older cribs are no longer sold in stores, no one tracks garage sales.

“It’s just a matter of being very cautious,” he said.

Yancy said to make sure you no longer use a “drop side” crib or a crib with rails that are too wide apart.

“If you can pass a soda can easily through the bars, then you shouldn’t be using the crib,” said Yancy. “If you can can it, ban it.”

Yancy said it’s too dangerous to play the odds.

“People look and they say, ‘well my baby was fine.’ But you can’t take that chance.”

And it’s not just the crib itself. Yancy said you should also be careful about what’s in the crib.

“Here’s a baby that’s actually in the crib with all kinds of stuffed animals and toys and this is a horrific situation,” he said while pointing to a photograph. “None of this can be in a baby’s crib,” he said, citing a suffocation risk.

Yancy also said it’s important to a close look at used car seats, too. Click here for more information on car seat safety.

Click here for more information on crib safety and new standards.

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