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Consumer Reports test best cribs

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In consumer news: If you're having trouble getting your mortgage modified, you'll want to hear how Call for Action helped one of our viewers.

Plus, new parents can get overwhelmed with all the crib choices on the market.

Consumer Reporters tell us which cribs are best buys.

It goes without saying that you want the best for your baby, and that includes a safe, sturdy crib.

Consumer Reports' rigorous tests of cribs are designed to help you choose one that's just that, and not too expensive either.

"We looked at 14 cribs from 160 dollars all the way up to 800. To see how

well they hold up, we tested them until we literally destroyed them," said Kim Kleman, Consumer Reports.

Each crib is inspected to make sure it adheres to federal guidelines and holds up to a baby's repeated bouncing and jumping.

"I refer to that test as our temper-tantrum test," said Kleman.

Testers also measure the strength of the crib slats, and while all of the cribs met government standards, this test revealed big differences.

"But the good news is you don't need to spend a fortune. We found two cribs that we recommend that cost $200 or less," Kleman said.

One is the Graco Charleston Convertible Crib for $190.

Consumer Reports also recommends the Delta Venetian Convertible Sleigh 3-in-1 crib for $160.

Both cribs are very easy to assemble and convert into a toddler bed.

6abc Call for Action helped a viewer who was having trouble with her mortgage.

"I knew I was going to have trouble making the mortgage payments, and I tried right then and there to try and get something taken care of," said Mary Masters.

Mary Masters says she contacted her lender for a mortgage modification.

"Basically I tried everything they offered, and just was getting nowhere," said Masters. "I just needed a helping hand. I didn't want a hand-out; I just wanted help."

So Mary reached out to Call for Action and a volunteer named Daphne.

"She would call me even if I didn't call her just to find out where I stood. She really cared," Masters said.

After CFA got involved, Mary's situation took a step in the right direction.

She is now in a trial modification program with at least slightly reduced payments.

"At least I'm on the way to getting resolved," said Masters. Call 'Call for Action,' because they can help you.

One word of warning, all mortgage modification cases are different, so CFA cannot guarantee results, but we encourage you to call to inquire about your case.

Our volunteers answer calls weekdays 11:00am until 1:00pm. The number is 1-866-978-4232. You can also email CFA from


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