No More Drop-Side Cribs! They’ve Been Banned For Good After 32 Babies Died

Thu, December 16, 2010 11:23am EST by 1 Comment

It’s about time! The government has finally outlawed drop-side cribs after dozens of babies and toddlers were killed.

In a unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs has been banned. All cribs being created and sold must have fixed sides by June 2011. Over the past decade they’ve caused dozens of infant and toddler deaths. Since 2005, 9 million of the movable cribs have been recalled because the drop-side rail can detach from the frame, creating a gap between the mattress and side rail. When that happens little ones can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

“I feel like it’s a celebratory time because things are finally being done about the issue,” Michele Witte of Merrick, N.Y. told the Associated Press.  Her 10-month-old son, Tyler, died in a drop-side crib in 1997.

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Parents currently keeping their babies in drop-side cribs are encouraged to inspect the hardware on their cribs to make sure it’s working properly. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, says properly assembled drop-sides that haven’t been recalled can be still be used.

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HollyMoms, if you have a drop-side crib that hasn’t been recalled, are you going to keep it or invest in a new one?

–Amy L. Harper

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Posted at 4:04 PM on December 16, 2010  

I think this is a bit much. I love drop side cribs because I’m short. I’m not going to stand on a foot stool at 3am to get my kid. Nor was I going to call my husband home from work just to get the baby. Drop side cribs have been common place sense at least the 50’s. I’m very sorry to the people who have lost a child but drop side cribs are essential for hospitals. And this artical states ” Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, says properly assembled drop-sides that haven’t been recalled can be still be used”. The key word in that sentence is properly assembled. Just like car seats. I know there was no way I could have taken a child out of a crib easily with out a drop side and no stool would have helped if I lost my footing because i’m half asleep at 2 or 3 am.

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