Julianna’s Story


Julianna died in a recalled drop-side crib.

Submitted by her mother

Seven-month-old Julianna was killed when the drop-side of the Dorel Asia crib she was sleeping in failed and trapped her between the mattress and rails. “Our precious little girl left too soon; she was full of love and joy. Julianna had a way of touching so many lives.” Now her family hopes her death will move others to stop using drop-side cribs. The crib had been recalled after another death in January 2010, but the family was not aware of this.

Parents can ensure that their baby’s crib meets the new mandatory safety standard and has not been recalled – check on the CPSC’s site. No drop-side cribs meet the new safety standards, but the standard protects against many other hazards as well.

Every year, about 30 children die and over 11,500 children are rushed to emergency rooms because of unsafe cribs. Since 2007, over 12 million cribs have been recalled due to various hazards including: strangulation hazard, risk of head entrapment, risk of suffocation, choking hazard, and risk of falling. New requirements have been put in place, and all cribs sold after June 28, 2011 meet the world’s strongest safety standard.

For more information, check out:
Product Hazards/Cribs
Safe Sleep Tips (PDF)