December 28, 2010 - Beginning June 2011, drop-side cribs will be banned in the United States, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) mandates.
The CPSC has voted to implement new standards for baby cribs in the wake of numerous recalls and at least 32 infant strangulations and suffocations related to drop-side cribs since 2000. This is the first time federal standards for cribs have been updated in about 30 years.
Once effective, the new standards will:
Since 2007, more than 11 million cribs have been recalled by the CPSC. In addition to the 32 deaths involving drop-side cribs, more deaths were linked to defective or faulty hardware. The new crib standards aim to prevent such tragedies and keep infants and toddlers safe.
All cribs leased, sold or manufactured in the United States must meet the new crib standards next June. Two years after the new standards are published, child care facilities and places such as hotels must have cribs that meet the new standards.
Although drop-side cribs have become difficult to find at popular baby stores, some parents still own these dangerous cribs and some may be found at secondhand stores.
Parents using drop-side cribs are urged to make sure the crib has not been recalled and that the hardware works properly. For a list of recalled cribs, you can visit the CPSC Crib Information Center.
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