Consumer Product Safety Commission Bans Drop-Side Cribs

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One of the most important decisions for new parents is picking out a crib for their newborn. On June 28, 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) passed stricter requirements for all new cribs in the US.

One of the most striking changes in the new legislating is that drop-side cribs can no longer be legally sold or manufactured. According to the MSN article, over 30 babies have been killed by drop-side cribs since 2000 and over 9 million of these cribs have been recalled. To help innocent babies, the new legislation also bans the donation or private sale of drop-side cribs.

Parents that already own a drop-side crib are permitted to continue using them, but they are encouraged to frequently check the hardware and immobilize the drop-side function. Many experts recommend purchasing a new crib that follows new safety standards.

Most current cribs not compliant with new regulations

The new CPSC regulations are not limited to the drop-side function. They also require more rigorous checks of hardware, stronger slats, and better mattress supports. Most current cribs will not follow the new safety standards.

Hotels, day care centers and some places of employment will have until the end of 2012 to comply with the new crib regulations, so parents are encouraged to test these cribs before use.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective crib, contact the law firm of Bachus & Schanker right away for a FREE and immediate initial consultation.

Source: MSN Today Moms, “Strict new crib regulations take effect today: Does your crib pass the test?” Rachel Elbaum, 28 June 2011

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