Millions of baby cribs from seven manufacturers recalled due to suffocation risks.
(NBC) - More than 2 million cribs are being recalled because they could malfunction and pose a suffocation risk to babies inside.
The problem is with cribs that have sides that move up and down, originally designed to help moms and dads easily lift babies out of bed.
Consumer safety experts say the drop-sides are dangerous.
"We've had about 250 cases of drop-sides actually detaching or malfunctioning and with that we've had about 27 injuries with the most serious being a broken collarbone," says the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Nychelle Fleming.
The baby could fall out of bed or become trapped between the mattress and the rails if the drop-sides fail.
Seven companies are recalling 2-million cribs, most with drop-sides.
Parents are urged not to try to fix the problem on their own.
"Contact the manufacturer directly to get the repair kit and this case it is an immobilization device that will actually make your drop-side permanently fixed and it become a stationary crib," Fleming says.
Until a repair kit is delivered crib industry experts say drop-side cribs can be used, as long as parents inspect them carefully.
"You want to make sure that there aren't any missing parts, that all the hardware is tightened and that the crib is essentially maintained properly," explains Lauren Pfeiffer of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
Parents should not take babies out of their cribs and place them in unsafe sleep environments, like an adult bed or couch.
Experts also caution against buying cribs secondhand at yard sales and sites like Craigslist.
Parents can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website or www.cribsafety.org for more information.