CPSC Calls For Ban on All Drop Sided Cribs


Pottery Barn, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recalled 82,000 drop-sided cribs this week. More than seven million drop-sided cribs have been recalled in the last five years.

Now, the CPSC wants to ban drop-sided cribs all together.

A CSPC press release states: “The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.”

The CPSC’s proposal would ban sales of drop-sided cribs in the US and require their removal from all hotels, motels and day cares.

The Pottery Barn recall affects cribs sold from January 1999 through March 2010.  Apparently there have been 36 reports of drop sides malfunctioning or detaching, resulting in seven minor injuries in children.

The benefit of a drop sided crib is less bending and resultant backache for mom and dad. We never had one but I had to tip-toe and bend (in a somewhat yogic fashion) from the hips to place my sleeping baby down. And I’m 5.9″.

When the crib is on a higher setting for the newborn, there’s no problem. It’s when the crib level goes down for a rolling/standing baby that the bending lifestyle gets intense. We had a babysitter who was about 5.4″ and she had a very hard time putting a sleeping baby down in the crib without waking him– she had decent luck with a footstool.

For more info about the Pottery Barn recall: Try the Pottery Barn Kids’ Web site here or call 1-877-804-3847