Yesterday, December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, voted unanimously to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-sided cribs. A new standard mandating fixed sided cribs takes effect in June 2011. Hotels, daycare centers and the like have two years to bring their inventory of cribs up to date.
Since 2000, drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities. In the past five years, more than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled.
In addition to ban, the new standard also mandates tougher safety testing for cribs, tests that more closely mimic a child in a crib, and better labeling on crib pieces to prevent the assembly problems which can create a dangerous environment for children in cribs.
If your child has been injured by a drop-sided crib, we'd like to speak with you. Please contact us at www.unsafecribs.com or call 800.992.9947. There is no cost or obligation.