Do you have a drop side crib?
In December 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
ban all drop-side crib designs from the marketing,
the sale, RESALE (this includes yard sales and thrift stores) and manufacture of the cribs.
The vote came after the
drop-side design was linked to at least 32 infants and toddler deaths
since 2000, and was suspected in another 14 fatalities.
If you are a reseller, consignment store, thrift store, or even just having a yard sale...
Do not re-sell recalled products.
IT IS AGAINST THE LAW.
Recalled products can cause deaths and injuries.
New Crib Standards:
*PROHIBIT THE SALE OF DROP SIDE CRIBS; IMMOBILIZERS AND REPAIR KITS ARE NOT ALLOWED;
*require stronger wood to prevent slat breakage;
*require anti-loosening devices to keep hardware secure and prevent detaching;
*strengthen mattress supports;
*require more rigorous safety testing.
CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep
for Babies and Toddlers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and
non-full-size baby cribs as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The federal crib standards had not been
updated in nearly 30 years and these new rules are expected to usher in
a safer generation of cribs.
Once they become effective, the mandatory crib
standards will: (1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous,
traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make mattress supports stronger; (3)
make crib hardware more durable; and (4) make safety testing more
CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs
since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32
infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional
deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective hardware. These new
standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safe in their
Effective June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or
leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards.
Effective 24 months after the rule is published, child care facilities,
such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and
places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have
compliant cribs in their facilities.
In the last two years, more than 11 million cribs have been
recalled. Many used cribs pose a serious threat to the safety of
children. Since cribs are the only child product manufactured expressly
for leaving a child unattended, every crib must meet current safety
standards. Parents must be vigilant about the safety of their crib.
Check to see if your brand of crib has been recalled. Keeping Babies
Safe lists all crib recalls. Additionally, make sure your crib meets
all the safety requirements (slat width, parts are in tact, etc.) We do
not recommend that you try to repair a damaged or worn crib. If you
insist on trying to repair a crib, use only those parts supplied or
recommended by the manufacturer. When in doubt, throw it out!
CPSC estimates there are still 20,000,000 unsafe cribs in
use or lurking in storage and remain on the agencies Most Wanted List.
Before you put your baby to sleep in a used crib, check to be sure it's
- Crib slats are no more than 2-3/8 inches (60 mm) apart
(You should not be able to fit a soda can through slats)
- Slats must not be missing, cracked or loose
- Mattress must be firm and tight-fitting
- Mattress support must not be easily released from head/footboard
(Secured by bolts, screws, etc - should withstand 25 lbs of force)
- No corner posts higher than 1/16th inch (Measured from the top of the crib/head or foot board)
- Screws, bolts or hardware which secure crib components must be intact, not loose or missing
- The crib must be free of protruding rivets, metal nuts or bolts, knobs or wing nuts
(On all areas of the crib)
To find out if a crib you are using has been recalled, please visit www.recalls.gov or click here for more crib safety tips.
Information taken from: http://www.keepingbabiessafe.org/recalled_products_cribs.shtml