I am all about free stuff, hand-me-downs, whatever, especially for baby stuff that only gets used for a short period of time. What can I say, I am cheap like that!
So, a friend gave me a used baby crib, and it occurred to me as I was cleaning it up that I should check to make sure it was not effected by a product recall. GOOD CALL. I went to http://www.cpsc.gov/ (consumer product safety commission - bookmark this page!) and sure enough, this crib has a 'repair recall' issued.....it just needs special locking pegs installed at the bottom of the drop-sides, and the company sends them out free upon request.
Contacted the company, ordered the parts, finished cleaning up the crib....then started thinking about other baby products. I have the swing that my last baby used (he is now ten years old!) and it is in good shape, even though it has been passed around and used by several other babies. But still, in 10 years, safety issues can pop up, right? So I checked that one on the website too, and YES it also has a recall.....needs a new safety harness.
Oh and while I am on the subject, STAY AWAY from any used car seat or other 'safety' equipment - this is where it is always worth buying new, no matter how cheap (er, I mean frugal) you are.
I love freecycle.com (through yahoo) and expect to get lots more cool free stuff for this baby, but you can bet that everything I use will first be checked for recalls!
Keep those little munchkins SAFE!