The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that crib cornerposts which are more than 1/16" in height create a strangulation hazard for a child.
When a child moves about in the corner areas of the crib, their clothing, necklace, or pacifier cord may catch on the crib's cornerpost and tighten around their neck. Dozens of babies have been strangled or choked because of these knobs or posts.
Most crib manufacturers have already stopped making cribs with post extensions. However, there may be thousands of such cribs still in people's homes, at garage sales, or in second-hand furniture stores.
If you already own a crib with cornerpost extensions more than 1/16" in height, the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges you to remove the extensions and throw them away. 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" above the top edge of the end or side. Of course, crib cornerpost extensions which are very high with the tops out of reach of a child, such as where the posts are supports for a canopy, may not present a hazard.
Other tips for avoiding strangulation hazards include:
- Never tie an object, such as a pacifier, around a child's neck.
- Never hang any stringed object such as a toy or laundry bag on the cornerpost. If you have toys with cords, cut them off.
- Avoid placing the crib next to a window where a child could strangle on a drapery or blind cord.