drop-down crib banThe U.S. government is banning drop-side cribs after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to ban the manufacture, sale and re-sale of the cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib.

Drop-side cribs have been around for decades but have come under much scrutiny over the past few years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper plastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib.

When that happens, it can create a dangerous “V”-like gap between the mattress and side rail where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

The ban means those who own drop-side cribs won’t be able to sell them to a resale shop. Parents are urged to get rid of them immediately.

Parents who are unaware of the safety issues and past recalls often purchase the drop-down cribs due to the convenience. The cribs are designed to allow parents easy access for placing and removing infants and toddlers from the crib by lowering the side rail.

In order to prevent further injuries and deaths from these cribs, the CPSC unanimously voted to outlaw any manufacturing and resale of such cribs.

In November 2009, more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs in the U.S. and almost 1 million in Canada by Stork Craft Manufacturing were recalled.  It was the biggest crib recall in U.S. history.

In Canada, a consumer safety bill passed in Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday.   When  the bill comes into force in the next few months, the federal government will be able to order the recall of unsafe goods such as drop-side cribs.

At the moment, the Canadian government can only request a voluntary recall from manufacturers or distributors.

But it looks as if Canada will follow suit with a ban once the bill is in effect.

Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

2 Comments

  1. I’m sorry, but this ban is idiotic. I feel awful for the parents who lost babies, but really, in all cases it was through their own negligence. I’ve used drop side cribs with all four of my kids and the one we have now will obviously go to the dump when we’re done with it, but what a waste.

  2. I’m with Cynthia. There are myriad items around the house which pose dangers to kids if adults aren’t careful. Should we ban all those too? Aren’t we supposed to be the land of the free?

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