The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced an all-out ban on the manufacturing or selling of cribs with drop side rails. Although the full ban in finally in place, the government is receiving widespread criticism that the agency may have acted too slowly in implementing the ban. It took several deaths of infants for the CPSC to prompt an investigation into the dangerousness of the drop side cribs. The investigation was initiated but parents were never informed of the crib’s hazards. It was not until 2007 that the CPSC took public action. In 2007, the CPSC announced an unprecedented recall of 1 million drop side cribs. Between November 2007 and April 2010, more than 11 million drop side cribs have been recalled and at least 35 infants have been killed by the malfunctioning cribs.
The CPSC’s investigation confirmed what many parents had figured out through tragic experience: that the drop side crib design, regardless of manufacturer, contained flaws that allowed slats, mattress supports and other crib pieces to separate, creating deadly gaps for infants. If you would like to read more on this story please Drop side cribs get all-out ban by CPSC.