BusinessWeek is reporting that the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously today to ban the sale of drop-side cribs in the United States. The new regulations for infant beds should go into effect by the end of this year.
This comes as no surprise, after C&T International/Sorelle recalled 170,000 cribs in May due to reports of bruising and abrasions. More than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled since 2005 and 153 deaths from drop-side cribs were reported in the last four years. Astonishing, really, if you think about it. My daughter slept in a drop side crib from Target (pictured) for two years.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said today that the agency was “following a mandate from Congress” and that the large number of accidents have occurred “because we had such a weak crib standard.” It has been almost 30 years since new, industry-wide regulations were issued for baby bedding. The CPSC is not advising that people who are currently using drop-side cribs replace them, but you should check for recall and safety information on their website. Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs were recalled today, and many other recalled brands are listed here.