From: zeez on
http://consumerist.com/2010/05/drop-side-cribs-have-killed-at-least-32-kids..html

While CPSC staff cannot say that every drop-side crib is hazardous,
based on investigations of incidents we have received, the agency
believes that overall most drop-side cribs are more prone to
mechanical failure than similar designed fixed-side cribs. In
addition, older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards


"Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib
with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware
from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side
crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other
moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of
the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap
a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib.
Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers.

If your baby is less than six months old and is not yet able to push
up to his/her hands and knees, you can put your baby to sleep in a
bassinet. Make sure your bassinet has not been recalled. Here’s a
list. http://www.cpsc.gov/cgi-bin/bassinets.aspx Also, you can use a
play yard. Do not put additional bedding such as pillows, thick
quilts, comforters or anything plush into your baby’s sleeping space.
More babies die every year from suffocation in plush sleeping
environments than from defective cribs."