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Attention Parents: Drop-side cribs banned – 32 infant deaths
December 16, 2010 – This week, the CPSC announced that it will be banning drop-side baby cribs after reports of at least 32 infant deaths since 2001. The new ban is set to begin in June 2011, and will effectively eliminate the sale, manufacture, and distribution of such cribs.
Drop-Side Cribs: A History of Safety Hazards
Drop-side cribs have been under scrutiny for many years, and recalled by the millions. In 2010 alone, approximately 3.5 million of these cribs have been recalled nationwide. “Enough is enough,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement. “Time and time again, drop-side cribs have trapped and suffocated infants, destroying families across the country.”
Parents using drop-side cribs should check the beds to make sure they work properly and haven’t been the subject of a recall.
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Dangers of Drop-Side Cribs
According to the CPSC, the drop-down design feature that allows the sides of the crib panel to slide up and down has inherent defects that can result in strangulation or suffocation of unsupervised babies. The main dangers involve drop-side crib hardware that can slip or break, causing a gap to form between the mattress and the drop-side of the crib where babies can become trapped.
Other problems can occur when crib pieces go missing or parents do not assemble the cribs properly. Also, drop-side cribs that are purchased second-hand may be missing screws, bolts, and necessary safety instructions, which may also contribute to infant injuries and fatalities.
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