Crib recall prompts policy change at local thrift stores


by & Katie Utehs

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:23 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. – A nationwide crib recall is prompting a policy change at local thrift stores.

Spokane’s Salvation Army manager Debbie Leroy says her shop will no longer carry cribs. She says her volunteer staff cannot afford the liability of checking for recall compliant cribs.

“It’s just way too much of a liability for us,” LeRoy said.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, drop side cribs are to blame for at least 30 infant deaths. The recall means any crib with a drop down side can no longer be sold—new or used.

LeRoy says her shop tossed several cribs after Tuesday’s recall announcement.

“It’s very wasteful,” she said.

One estimate suggests retailers nationwide could lose more than $30 million in sales because of the recalled inventory.

It also leaves cash-strapped families looking for other affordable options.

“I think parents have to make choices. I mean, there are still yard sales out there, so I think people are going to buy second-hand through yard sales because that is what they can afford in this economy,” said LeRoy.

The recall also prohibits the sale of drop side cribs at yard sales.

Day cares and hotels have until December 2010 to comply with the new rules.