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CPSC Bans Drop-Side Cribs

By Kate |

Last week, the Consumer Products Safety Commission voted unanimously to pass strict new mandatory standards for cribs (full-size and non-full-size). This update is the first in nearly 30 years and is much needed because the CPSC has recalled more than 11 million cribs since 2007! The biggest change is the ban of drop-side cribs because which Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000.

From the CPSC

Once they become effective, 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.

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.

Crib Safety Information

The CPSC has a very informative and helpful page dedicated to crib safety. The Crib Information Center has advice on how to put your baby to bed safely and information on crib and sleep positioner recalls. There is also more detailed information on the dangers of traditional drop-side cribs, including sample photographs that are frightening to any mom.

You can check this (rather long) list to find if your crib has been recalled.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    I am so glad that the CPSC finally passed regulation on this. It was obvious that it was coming for some time now. When I was shopping for a crib for my daughter last year, I was disturbed to find that most of the cribs in the lower price range were drop side options. Glad that option will be taken away.

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