I just had to send out the following email to the responses on my craigslist ad:I'd like to thank everyone for their interest in our crib. Unfortunately, it is not available. My husband posted the ad for me last night. (Being both mommy to three and working part time outside the home, my life is chaos and he wanted to help.) This afternoon, I had the chance to sit down and look into it further...turns out a few months after we acquired the crib for our daughter, it was recalled.(If you don't trust a link from someone that you don't know, I understand, but please type "Simplicity Cribs" into Google and visit the first link so that you know what to look for.)
I have removed my ad and we will be disposing of the crib properly. I am sorry for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. The changing table and crib skirt are still available if anyone is interested.
Thank you & congrats on your new little ones!!
See, we'd gotten it used. At the time, I checked for recalls. There were none. We proceeded on with life. A year and a half later, it was recalled!
We didn't sit down and check and recheck for recalls every month. I don't think most people do, especially when it comes to this sort of thing; you're busy with a newborn, then, before you know it, chasing a toddler. You forget your own name, much less whether or not you've checked for recalls this week. We looked over the crib everytime we changed the fitted sheet; at least
every other week, and made sure that all the screws and bolts were tightly in place.
Our particular crib is still in 'good' condition on visual inspection. We had no problems. However? Totally not worth the risk.
It will go out to the curb, piece by piece, over the next several trash collection days to deter anyone from picking it up and we will be making sure that the mattress support is
damaged before putting it out. (No sense in having someone looking at it and, unknowingly, going, "Hey! That'd be a good replacement for our broken one!!")
I know that the CPSC and other agencies recommend that you not buy cribs used, period. I also understand how expensive they are, for something that you're probably only going to use for a year or two...and
that babies don't wait until you're 100% financially ready to have them. But I do encourage everyone to check for recalls and to watch out for this tubular-style metal mattress-support frame.
Also, I had three inquiries about it overnight. One did not ask for the make or model, but merely, "Is there anything wrong with it?" Please
do not count on random strangers to be honest or even knowledgeable about recalls. You wouldn't just leave your newborn with someone that you do not know, please don't entrust their safety to them.
Have you ever purchased baby products that have been recalled? Do you check for recalls often?