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US to ban drop side cribsThe Washington Post reported this weekend that the US will ban drop side cribs amid ongoing safety concerns.

The drop side crib has been on the US market since the 1950, although it is unknown how many are still in use. Because many cribs cost $1,000 or more, many are used repeatedly and handed down to family members, making it difficult to estimate their numbers.

From the FairWarning blog:

By the end of the year, it will be illegal in the U.S. to sell drop-side cribs and for places like daycare centers and hotels to use them. Repeat offenders of the ban, which comes after years of growing concern about the cribs, could face criminal penalties, The Washington Post reports.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has seen too many recalls and far too many deaths from defective drop side cribs in recent years. Since 2005, more than 7 million drop side cribs have been recalled because of suffocation and strangulation dangers. There have been at least 32 deaths from defective drop side cribs since 2000. Cribs are meant to be safe enough to leave a child unattended and when cribs malfunction, the infant is usually alone.

From The Washington Post:

By the end of 2010, it will be illegal to sell a drop-side crib. And public places such as daycare centers and hotels will be prohibited from using them, federal officials said. Under rules being developed, violators would face a range of penalties, from an order to stop use to criminal sanctions for repeat offenders.

Safety advocates have been pushing for tougher crib regulations for nearly a decade, with little action. Federal safety standards for cribs have not been updated since 1982 (those infants are now nearly 30 years old).

Safety experts encourage anyone owning a drop side crib to examine it thoroughly. New cribs should be used without the drop side feature. Older or hand-me-down cribs should be discarded and replaced.

Parents: what do you think? Are you surprised that US crib standards have not been updated since 1982?


  1. Gravatar for William Eadie

    I was amazed by this quote:

    "An industry group official said the cribs are not inherently hazardous, noting that most deaths occur when a part malfunctions or after incorrect assembly."

    So, they're not inherently dangerous because--when an infant dies--its because a part malfunctions or the crib wasn't put together correctly. This is not a complex machine where a simple part malfunction should be able lead to death, it's a place to hold your baby safely! By suspending one wall of the crib as a potential guillotine, this style of crib is incredibly "inherently dangerous"!

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