This year we posted numerous recalls on drop-side cribs. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, U.S. senators and a parent whose child died from a faulty crib announced on December 15th that the CPSC has approved new federal rules to end dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs. The new federal crib standards, set to take effect in June, would stop the sale, re-sale, manufacture, and distribution of drop-side cribs and would also prohibit drop-side cribs at motels, hotels and childcare facilities. Drop side cribs have resulted in the deaths of at least 32 infants since 2001.
CPSC’s new federal standards will also make mattress supports stronger, crib hardware sturdier and compliance testing more rigorous. This is the first time in nearly 30 years that federal crib standards have been updated.