A study by the Washington University School of Medicine revealed that from 2006 to 2012, there were 23 infant deaths caused by crib bumpers. These numbers suggest a significant increase in deaths attributed to crib bumpers, as these numbers are three times higher than the three previous seven-year time spans.
Crib bumpers put infants at risk of suffocation. A total of 48 infant deaths attributed to crib bumpers have been recorded between 1985 and 2012, and 146 infants have sustained injuries as a result of choking on the bumpers or nearly suffocating.
Researchers suggest that these unfortunate fatalities could have been avoided if crib bumpers were not used. Some cities in the U.S. have already banned the sale of crib bumpers.
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