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Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Issues

Cribs Were Blamed for Dozens of Infant Deaths Over the Last Decade

Preventing Infant Deaths

Tenenbaum says in the statement that she had made a promise to Congress to toughen crib standards and now has fulfilled that pledge.

“After nearly 30 years, these new crib safety rules will usher in a new generation of safer cribs,” Tenenbaum says. “I believe that a safe crib is the safest place for a baby to sleep and our actions today will help parents have confidence in the safety of cribs they buy in the future.”

Crowley says that “unsafe equipment has absolutely no place in the nursery and today’s move by the commission will help keep our children safe.”

Schakowsky says the new standards “will finally end the unconscionable and preventable drop-side crib tragedies that have injured or killed infants and children.”

Michele Witte, who lives in Long Island, N.Y., was with the officials when the new rules were announced. She says she lost a child, a 10-month old boy named Tyler, due to a drop-side crib.

The news release says more than 11 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the past three years.

Advice for Parents

The CPSC says parents using drop-side cribs should check the beds to make sure they work properly and haven’t been the subject of a recall. The Juvenile Products Association, which represents most of the crib industry, says most that are assembled properly and that haven’t been recalled can be used safely.

It says in a news release that it has filed “comments in support of a timely and orderly transition to the new standard,” which will have a “negligible impact” on manufacturers.

However, the organization says it is concerned “that there be a timely and orderly transition to products which meet the new standard so as to ensure enough product in the marketplace by the compliance date, without the burden of re-testing already safe product.”

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