Drop-side Cribs Outlawed

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 20, 2010 in Product Recalls

The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned last Wednesday all drop-side cribs after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade.

The CPSC voted unanimously to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of the cribs. There will be new standards that will take effect in June.

The mandatory crib standards will: (1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make mattress supports stronger; (3) make crib hardware more durable; and (4) make safety testing more rigorous.

CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective hardware. These new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safe in their cribs.

Effective June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards. Effective 24 months after the rule is published, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their facilities.

Drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of 32 infants in the past decade.

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