All new cribs on the market today must meet minimum government requirements. In addition, there are consensus performance standards, which are established by ASTM with involvement of the government and recognized experts, to which JPMA certifies cribs and other durable infant products.
When you assemble a crib to the manufacturer's instructions and use it properly, a crib provides the safest sleeping environment for baby.
Recent recalls of juvenile products highlight the importance of proper assembly and use of cribs. Many older cribs do not meet all current safety standards. Even if you are on a tight budget, consider purchasing a new crib that meets your budget rather than purchasing an old crib at a garage sale or accept a hand-me-down crib that may not meet current Federal and ASTM standards.
Be sure to register your crib, bassinet, play yard, or toddler bed as soon as you get it and check for recall announcements through the CPSC at https://www.cpsc.gov. You can get recall announcements emailed directly to you!
More importantly, if you have a crib or other sleep related product that has been recalled, do not try ro repair it yourself! Follow the CPSC and manufacturer's issued guidelines. Be sure to frequently inspect the hardware and stability of your crib to ensure all parts are in place and secure. A great rule of thumb is to get in the habit of checking your baby's sleep environment every time you change the sheet!
How can a JPMA Certified product be recalled?
When products are tested, they are assembled and used in accordance with the manufacturers stated intent as embodied in the assembly and use instructions. If the instructions are not followed, risks associated with use of any product may be exacerbated. Not all recalls occur because of a violation of a regulation or product standard. In addition, recalls do not account for certain factors typically not measurable in a lab, such as wear and tear over time.